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New month, new "Tool of the Month"

Bob Flowerdew Bronze and copper Garden Trowel Hand tools

New month, new "Tool of the Month"

Our tool of the month for March is the marvellous Nada trowel.  Even if it's still dark when I take the dogs out in the morning, the days are drawing out and that means spring is starting and the gardeners' season is underway. Being a large bladed trowel (4" x 7"), the Nada makes light work of numerous tasks; filling seed trays/pots, digging planting holes and weeding, of course. Despite its size it's much lighter than a steel equivalent and weighs a mere 250g. And, as the evergreen Bob Flowerdew notes of his bronze trowel, "when you stick it in...

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Slava sickle is our new "tool of the month"

Bronze and copper Hand tools Weeding tool

Slava sickle is our new "tool of the month"

This really has been my favourite over the last few months. It's not a sickle as we know it, more a hand hoe; use in a scythe like movement to deal with emergent weeds and angle down to deal with the bigger weeds. Great for getting in around and behind the tomato plants. All the time knowing the copper in the bronze is doing good for your plants and the soil and, at the same time, discouraging those annoying slugs and snails. It's with me all day, in my back pocket when not in use.  

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Bronze tools and copper tools; there's some confusion.

Bronze and copper

Bronze tools and copper tools; there's some confusion.

We're asked about this a lot and the answer is simple. Almost all bronze/copper gardening tools are made of bronze (an alloy of copper with a little bit of tin). Pure copper would be too soft. That said, our dibber is sheathed in copper but then it needs no strength. So whenever you read or hear about copper gardening tools, you can pretty much assume they are referring to bronze garden tools.

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