This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Shovel King

A three-in-one tool

It is always fascinating to come across innovation in gardening, especially when it is said to make life easier. UK-based ISO Manufacturing has recently patented an adjustable tool called the "Shovel-King". This is due for launch at the UK Garden and Leisure Exhibition in September. The tool has a mechanism that can be adjusted to four positions by the operation of a lever within the handle. The blade then locks in place at the appropriate angle. Minimum effort is required – the spade does the work, therefore helping lessen the risk of back strain. The "Shovel-King" is a 3-in-1 product designed primarily for builders – one shovel replaces three. It can be used as a hoe for trench digging, at waist height for loading a concrete mixer, as a dustpan for sweeping up and as a conventional shovel. The inventor is a builder who thought of the idea when he injured his back working on a building site.

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