Top 10s

Top 10 essential allotment tools

Allotment tools are, without stating the obvious, are essential to keeping any garden plot on the go and getting jobs done.  I’ve written an article that you can read here about how to look after your tools and why it’s important. You’ll be surprised at how you can get an allotment going with so little.

You’ll also be amazed at how your allotment tools amount up over the years and one day you’ll open the shed and realise you may have too many. Be sure also to keep your tools as secure as you can – there are always stories about how tools go missing.

But without further or do, here are my top ten recommended tools needed to start an allotment.

1. Spade or a shovel

A shovel is great for shovelling, a spade is great for heavy digging and giving the ground a good dig over. Be sure to keep them sharp and they’ll dig or shovel more efficiently

Allotment tools - spade and shovel

2. Garden fork

A garden fork is very useful for breaking up the earth after a good weeding session. You may also find dismantling a compost easier with a fork.

Allotment tools - garden Fork

3. A hand trowel

An essential tool for weeding.

Allotment tools - hand trowel

4. Garden gloves

You’ll never know when you’ll have to handle rusty metal or need some extra grip.

Allotment tools - gardening gloves

5. Secateurs

Essential for pruning trees, bushes and other prune worthy plants

Allotment tools - secateurs

6. A garden sieve

When you’re emptying the compost bin or you need to prepare a bed for some carrots, a garden sieve will make all the difference.

Allotment tools - garden sieve

7. Mattock

A mattock is like a miniature pickaxe – it’s quite a heavy tool so it’s ideal for taking out bushes or brambles.

Allotment tools - mattock

8. A garden hoe

THE tool if you haven’t got time to do a full weed but you want to make a difference.

Allotment tools - garden hoe

9. A garden rake

You dig over a bed, and you want to even it off… Use a rake.

Allotment tools - garden rake

10. Garden twine or string

This will probably be one of the most useful allotment tools you’ll use at the allotment. And it’s also biodegradable so you can put it on the compost heap when you’re finished with it.

Allotment tools - twine

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