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Keep your garden in tip-top condition and help your vegetables to flourish with a gardening fork. Till, turn, and aerate your soil, dig up tough roots, and perform all kinds of other garden tasks with OnBuy’s range of gardening forks!

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About Gardening Forks

Whether you need to turn over your vegetable patch, loosen the soil or remove pesky weeds, a gardening fork is the best tool for the job. There is a variety of different gardening forks for all different tasks. Use this hand guide below to help you find the perfect one for you. 

The Types Of Gardening Forks

Garden forks tend to be the main fork used by most gardeners. These large forks usually have four tines and are what most people use for most tasks in their gardens. You can use these versatile gardening forks for digging, turning and breaking up the soil and are especially great for areas with heavy clay soil. These kinds of gardening forks can also be used for lifting potatoes and turning compost.

Border forks are basically just smaller versions of the garden fork. They are lighter and narrower so might be better suited to us for your garden’s borders. They’re also great for people who are on the smaller size or find a full-sized fork too heavy to use comfortably. Some people may find that they don’t like the angle of their foot on the border fork or find that it is not strong enough for the tougher parts in gardening so if you need to do a lot of tough work, opt for the garden fork. 

What to look for in your garden or border forks: You need strong tines that ideally are all made from one piece of metal. Tine width does vary but the most important feature is that they are rust-resistant and sharp so they glide into the soil smoothly. Try to pick a well-balanced fork with a comfortable handle. Shaft materials and length are a matter of personal choice but a well-made fork can last you a lifetime!

If you love to grow vegetables, and especially potatoes, pick up a potato fork! There are all kinds of designs of potato forks but no matter what they look like, they are meant only for potato lifting and should not be used to dig the ground. Due to the blunt tips (to prevent them from piercing your potatoes) the tines of a potato fork will bend easily if used for digging jobs.

What to look for in your potato fork: More prongs will enable you to easily dig up more potatoes and prevent them from rolling through the gaps. You may be better off using a slightly heavier steel fork as it will be holding quite a lot of weight and needs to be able to lift the potatoes. But be careful you don’t choose anything too heavy though as you will be lifting heavy potatoes and don’t want to tire out too quickly.

Pitch or compost forks are used for aerating a turning compost or loose materials like hay. You’re likely to find these in stables and farms and are quite different from other forks. While they still have 4 tines, they tend to be very long and slender which are very sharp to stab through compost easily. The tines are usually curved as well to hold more.

What to look for in your compost fork: Look for a high-quality, well balanced and strong design with longer, wide-set tines.

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