Trowels

Kitchen Garden Best Buy and Top Picks for July. This month the KG team has been trying out a variety of trowels

BEST BUY

ELEMENTS HAND TOOL SET

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This set contains three essential planting and weeding tools. The heads are made from heat treated and hardened carbon steel, with a hammer finish and powder coated. The handle is made of ash, weatherproofed and lacquered.

KG VERDICT
An excellent combination of hand tools in an attractive brown finish. The heads are strong and the powder coating will protect against rust. The broad trowel enables you to lift a good deal of compost; the narrower trowel with inscribed measurements means that you can dig planting holes to the required depth. A great starter set and very good value for money.

SPEAR & JACKSON
www.spear-and-jackson.com
TEL: 0114 281 4242
PRODUCT CODE: ELEMENTS3PS
PRICE GUIDE: £18.49

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TOP PICK

DARLAC MULTI TROWEL

This trowel has a honed edge for easing plants out of pots and an inscribed planting depth guide. It works as a weeding tool too with its saw edge and there’s a notch for cutting string. It has a stainless steel head and an ergonomic rubber handle.

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KG VERDICT
Though not one for scooping out heaps of soil this is quite a clever tool, offering a range of uses. It has quite a long head which is good for easing young plants out of pots and the razor sharp edge works well for weeding. It has a very comfortable handle, the planting depth guide is helpful and the notch for cutting string is quite handy too.

TWO WESTS & ELLIOTT
www.twowests.co.uk
TEL: 01782 204141
PRODUCT CODE: TOMT
PRICE GUIDE: £7.25

TOP PICK

TRANSPLANTER

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This transplanter is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society. The slender head is made from stainless steel and is engraved with depth markings in inches. It has a precision forged neck, a lacquered ash handle and a leather cord for hanging up after use.

KG VERDICT
This is a quality trowel with a comfortable lacquered handle and a stainless steel head providing rust resistance and smooth movement through soil. The pointed head makes it easy to break into dense soil and as it is narrower than some other trowels, it’s good for areas where crops are to be planted close together.

BURGON & BALL
www.burgonandball.com
TEL: 0114 233 8262
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £11.99

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