Recommend a Shovel

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What’s your favorite shovel? One broken, one threatening to. Digging shovel, not spade, recommendations wanted.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

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Mr. Gardening Gifts April 22, 2009, 12:46 pm

I have found it best to just get the fiberglass handles they are not 100% unbreakable but I love them and use them daily for everthing from post holes to trenching to small holes for my plants.

Garden Junkie April 18, 2009, 7:37 am

I’m with Beth – I like the Radius NRG tools. I have the digging spade and it’s been terrific. I broke one of my shovels trying to dig up an overgrown Joe Pye Weed last year (6 foot maximum height??? not in my garden!! the thing was over 9′ tall) and almost impaled myself on the shovel shaft as it snapped. No risk of the NRG shovels doing that! For more details see my blog posting on it at

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Kathy Purdy April 18, 2009, 1:14 pm

Thanks, Beth and Garden Junkie. I’m actually shopping for the menfolk in my family and I think the radius handle would drive them nuts. They are traditionalists.

Beth Botts April 16, 2009, 6:58 pm

I have been really liking the Radius NRG transplanter. Sort of a cross between a shovel and a drain spade. I really like the circular handle which is easy to grip, wide foot step, slippery stainless blade. I feel like I can really get some leverage on my dirt with this. This is a shorter model, the length of a traditional D-handle shovel. But they make a long-handled one too with a traditional shovel-shaped blade.

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