I was thinking about garden tools because as part of your blogger profile, Blotanical asks about your favorites when you sign up. This made me think about how much I really do love my soil knife.
I’m not doing an advertisement for anyone, so I won’t say the brand, though you can probably see the logo if you have good eyes. I think that everyone who isn’t using an old steak knife probably has this same tool!
It’s hard to tell from the pic, but it has one sharp edge and one serrated edge. The 6 inch blade is stainless steel and the handle is one piece of molded “composite,” otherwise known as plastic. Even so, it’s made really well, is a solid tool, and is reasonably priced. A soil knife has a lot of practical uses. I use it to get plants out of pots and to free roots from unwieldy root balls, and it’s good for dividing plants. I also use it for cutting out root masses from dead plants or trees that get in the way when I’m digging planting holes. In a pinch you can use it to pry weeds or make impromptu bulb holes.
I salute my soil knife and can’t wait to start using it soon. I’m interested in hearing about other gardeners’ favorite tools. Tell me about yours when you get the chance.