Gardener’s Best Friend-
The Soil Scoop
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For the next four weeks we are going to enrich your Holiday Garden Gift buying experience by teaching you about the history of some of the most beloved heirloom garden products known to man. If you purchase these products from us, we can assure you that they will become some of the most treasured and most frequently used products by your loved ones, family or friends.
In this newsletter, we are going to discuss The Soil Scoop, an heirloomgardening tool that is uniquely suited for all the tasks in container gardens.
The design of the Soil Scoop combines the functionality of several of the most beloved gardening tools: the trowel, hand hoe, cultivator, gardening knife and digging fork. The strong, but light stainless steel scoop with pointed tip and serrated blade allows the tool to score furrows, dig trenches, cut roots and branches, penetrate hard clay soil and excavate soil from holes being dug.It is invaluable in container gardening.
Scoops are ancient tools that have been used for thousands of years. They were originally used for transferring grain, seeds and other horticultural matter from one area to another. This ‘transferring’ capability evolved into a function which allowed the tool to move soil around where plants were crowded and space was confined. This functionality caused many gardeners to adopt thetool for container gardening, and it rapidly became the most valuable tool a container gardener could possess.
The Harvesting History Soil Scoop consists of a 5 1/2 inch long, stainless steel, oval bowl which comes to a sharp point. Because of the strength and sharpness of the point, the soil scoop is an excellent digging tool especially in crowded containers. The scoop is 2 1/2 inches at its widest point. Each side of the scoop has 1 1/2 inches of sharply serrated blade which can cut or saw through most roots. Above the serrations, near the point, the edges are notched so thatshallow rooted weeds can be scraped from the soil’s surface. The stainless-steel scoop is mounted securely in a 5-inch long rounded hardwood handle by an unusually large and strong ferrule. The ferrule alone is 1 1/4 inches long.
Container Gardening is a class of gardening with unique assets and unique challenges. As a container gardener, you must create visually beautiful and/or functionally productive small spaces including pots, barrels, urns, window boxes and raised beds. Cultivating container edges whether curved or straight, is a prevalent and ongoing problem. Weeds can cling to or bury into these edges and are nearly impossible to remove. The serrated edges which come to a point on the Soil Scoop make weeding container edges much easier.
Planting, replacing and maintaining container plants which are usually planted more densely can be accomplished with minimal disruption using the ‘scoop’ part of the soil scoop. In the spring, preparing the soil in containers is so much easier with the soil scoop because the point on the soil scoop easily and efficiently breaks up and aerates the soil. Finally, both in and out of containers, the soil scoop may be the best tool for removing weeds with densely packed root balls.
Of all the tools we discuss in this series, the Soil Scoop is the most effective and most broadly funtional tool for container gardening, small space gardening and urban gardening. This exquisitely designed tool is manufactured entirely in America.