For most of my life, I thought a shovel was a shovel. It was not until I decided to use an acre of my land for a garden that I learned there is more than one type. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the local feed store and say a display of eight different kinds!
I quickly learned that each type is designed for certain purposes. Some are ideal for digging holes while others are great for making trenches in between rows. There are even some shovels that are perfect for scooping and spreading mulch or loading up dead plants.
If you are just getting started with your first garden, it pays to learn what implements are right for which job. Let me share my experience, and you will spend less time trying to figure out what type of shovel or hoe you need.