Getting the right spade for your physique will save you time, as well as aches and pains. For the taller person we recommend long handled spades as they will put less pressure on your back when digging.
Allotment Spades come in two main varieties, digging and border, the border is a smaller and lighter version of the digging spade. It is best used for light soils or as a lighter weight tool. The bigger digging spade is best suited to breaking compacted ground the stronger and heavier design helps open up the soil.
Soil preparation is hard work unless you have the perfect soil, most people do not! Always pace yourself when digging, better to dig a small part of the plot and return happy to carry on, rather than dig it all and have to spend a couple of weeks recovering.
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