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My One Indispensable Garden Tool My Little Shovel

Updated on August 27, 2012
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

The Story Of My Little Shovel!

My first experience with the "Mommy Shovel," as my then-young son used to call it, was when my friend Scooty the Hosta Lady handed it to me to dig up a hosta with! I had never seen such a small shovel, and the second I used it I fell in love forever!

I'm only about 5'2" and regular size shovels just don't fit me properly. I realized that after using her 30" shovel that day. Next began the exhaustive search for one of my own! Seems these little shovels aren't just floating around in every store! made a vow on the spot, after finding my first one in a corner of a local hardware, that I would buy a backup and never have to look for one again!

That first shovel lasted me from 1998 to 2008. We had just moved to a farm in southeast Missouri and I was transplanting and creating new beds for the more than 500 hosta plants I had moved there. Let's just say... shovel meets big rock, rock wins. It was a sad day when that handle snapped and broke! Out came my backup, and I once again made a vow -this time that I would not attempt to dig out large rocks with it ever!

If you're a relatively short woman... or man... you may find tradtiional size shovels are too long for you to use too. These little shovels are tougher than you'd think and should last you a very long time!

In this photo, I'm helping Scooty with her hosta gardens, my little shovel in hand!

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Great Tools Deserve Great Care!

When you're finished using your shovel, take a minute to hose all the dirt off of it thoroughly. Every couple of months, I oil my shovel to keep the wood pretty and the blade clean and rust-free.

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    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      My husband laughed when I picked out a short shovel, but it's our favorite now.

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @sunny saib: SheilaSchnauzies

    • sunny saib profile image

      sunny saib 

      6 years ago

      Sure.. :)

      I love gardening and I love my tools too.. At our place we plant in pots, so don't really need a shovel as yet. I am planning to write about vines and creepers soon, as I love them a lot.. Keep planting! :)

    • N Beaulieu profile image

      N Beaulieu 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your garden story. Thanks for sharing.

    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      A great tool. Your tip on keeping it rust-free is a good reminder. Thanks!

    • parwatisingari lm profile image

      parwatisingari lm 

      6 years ago

      hey shovel is mine too.

    • dahlia369 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have a small shovel but don't use it too often since most of my plants grow in large planters.

    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Sheila - you have such cute fairy garden accessories. I am planning a lens on houses for garden gnomes and elves. Nice to find you here!


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