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    Garden Centres, magazines and gardening programmes will give you a list if 'essentials' and 'must haves', most of which you'll use once and then forget about, because something you got free or made yourself will be better and easier to use. Before you buy anything, ask yourself how much use it will have, then get it second hand from a car boot sale or freecycle.
    My top used items are a garden fork and spade, hand fork and trowel, hoe, rake and a wheelbarrow, all of which have cost me no more than 20 (that's for all of them, not each)
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    I rarely use a spade either, but use a fork all the time. I'm only 5' 2" and although I have got a border fork at home, at the lottie I use a lightweight fork (full size). You soon get used to how much soil you can lift in one go.

    Apart from the fork, I use the hoe a lot (because the weeds keep coming back), and a rake to prepare the beds for sowing/planting.

    I bought my spade, fork and hoe from B & Q and they only cost buttons. And even though they get a lot of use they suit me and do what they're supposed to. I'm sure that stainless steel tools are probably the very best, but I can't afford that, would rather spend my money on seeds etc.
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    Ask around friends, neighbours, relations, colleagues at work, and so on; generally put the word out that you have an allotment and are looking for tools, and anything else for that matter. Most people have all sorts of stuff lurking in their sheds and garages and would be glad to give it a good home

    When people give up an allotment they also tend to give up gardening altogether, so allotment sites tend to accumulate old tools; ask some of The Wise Old Men that most sites seem to have, and they will also have spare tools stashed away

    I was gven two forks, a spade, a rake, two hoes, a wheelbarrow, and various minor odds & ends like plant pots, labels, way out of date seeds. You will probably have to do a bit of cleaning and repairs

    Then there are secondhand shops, car boot sales and charity shops. Charity shops tend not to have tools at their High Street shops, but they may have another store where they sell larger items and tools, or just in a back room so ask

    Have a look around Garden Centres for offers; supermarkets, but garden tools will be seasonal - the trick is to buy in the end of season offers, but that's months away; and discount stores. Visit your local agricultural suppliers or dealers; they're not usually as smart as a shop, but are good value for money. And not just tools, check on clothes, boots, seed potatoes etc.

    Most tools will be needed sooner or later, but you will find you use a fork and a hoe more than anything

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    Last year I mainly used a fork. But this year I took the plunge and bought an azada, or spanish hoe. I foung that its much easier on my back, as my backs pretty knackered, plus Im 5 foot 3 (and one eigth!). Lots of people onmy new plot use them. Be careful if you google spanish hoe though, you get all sorts come up!
    Will try and find the site I got mine from. It has a digging/chopping blade on one side and a fork thing on the other which has been great for teasing out couch grass weeds

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    Thats wher I gotmy azada from. I love it! I tink I read that someone else here used one too? Can't remember who tho, was it heywayne?

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    T'is indeed me with the other azada - I use mine for quite a lot of the groundwork.

    One man's essential is another man's luxury. Or woman's's of course!

    There are as many tools out there as there are jobs, and there are tools for jobs you didn't even know existed. I'd suggest give some things a go and you'll soon work out what suits you best.

    I've seen/heard quite a few people obtaining tools from Freecycle, and has been mentioned - carboots are probably a good place to start.
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    Wilkinson sword do good spades, forks and cutting tools.

    Azadas/mattocks are good for light digging.

    Any old barrow.

    And the golf club hoe is the swoe (B&Q sell them).

    Don't forget standard secateurs for cutting old plants etc. Hammer, string, both good for making frames. Consider looking out for a water butt too.

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    Thanks everyone!

    I must be the only one with a rubbish Freecycle - my local list is always full of "wanted" ads!

    I'll ask around next time I'm at the allotment, and I've just had a thought - I'm sure my dad must have some old gardening tools under his shed!

    Failing that, I'm off to B&Q to look at their forks and hoes!

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    Try also pound stretcher, the quality may not be the best,( the tines on my fork are all wonky but only after about 6 months tackling a plot that hadn't been cultivated in years) but they're ridiculously cheap - about 3.99 - and will get you started.

    Also check out Aldi and Lidl if you have one near, but don't make a special trip as they only do garden stuff now and again and when they're gone, they're gone - check online to see what the current offers are. I got an excellent spade in Aldi last year although OH had to cut it down for me as the handle was way too long (and I'm 5' 7").

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