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A considerable amount of our front, rear and side gardens consist of a combination of borders and vegetable patches. Whilst I find gardening extremely therapeutic, it is becoming more of a challenge for me, particularly as I suffer with a back injury following a car accident a good few years ago. I would previously kneel on a cushioned pad and work my way around the borders using a trowel and small fork in an effort to prepare the soil for planting; a task that seemed to take forever. In addition to the fact that this was becoming a real chore and due to my disabled husband wanting to participate, I needed to find a tool that was assist.
My father had advised me of what sounded to be perfect, which was a cultivator and a product he had owned many years ago. However, after trailing around a considerable amount of gardening centres and DIY stores, I could not find anything matching his description. My last port of call was Amazon, which is normally a stockist that I will initially search and to my amazement, they stocked the exact product that I was looking for. Consequently, my purchase was made with this review discussing the Faithfull Multi-Prong Cultivator.
The 2.1 kg in weight cultivator is manufactured from steel and offers a T shape and due to its 90 cm length, it has been designed to use whilst in the standing position. Unlike a garden fork or spade, which both require a considerable amount of pressure to the back, arms and legs, the large handle section is simply twisted to enable the six sturdy long claws to effortlessly break and loosen the soil ready for planting. I must admit I was surprised, particularly as I had anticipated that I would need to use my foot to offer a little pressure, but this was not the case.
The handle is considerably longer than those found on normal gardening forks and spades with each side sporting a rubber gripped section, which offers raised areas on the lower section to enable the fingers to obtain a good grasp. The cultivator is extremely comfortable to hold even for long periods of time and very little effort is required to twist the prongs in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction, as they seem to glide through the soil without placing any discomfort or pressure on the spine or arms, particularly as no bending is required. In addition, due to its lightweight, it is easy to remove from the soil in readiness for the next section to be cultivated.
I had anticipated that the cultivator would only be effective in those areas of soil, which have recently been dug and subsequently loosened. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the prongs easily cut through soil that had recently been frozen solid. Unlike using a garden spade where I can feel the pull on the base of my spine, which will subsequently cause me considerable pain, the cultivator does not cause any stress to the body when in use.
I am thrilled that my husband, who has been excluded from gardening for many years due to his disability, is able to participate, as he finds it extremely easy and comfortable to use. I found this amazing, particularly as he has undergone many major spinal operations in addition to having had vertebrae removed from both his spine and neck and this fantastic tool has provided him with a new lease of life. The only downside is that I have to bend down to plant any seedlings and I've yet to find a tool that will allow me to toss them from a height and into the ground! However, as any gardener will know, planting takes far less time than the preparation of the soil.
Of course, the tips of the prongs are considerably sharp, as otherwise the cultivator would be useless, so make sure you keep your feet well away, as otherwise a trip to the local Accident and Emergency Department will be on the cards! Despite ours having been repeatedly used, there are no signs of wear and tear with the exception of the cultivator now appearing dirty due to continued use, so it has clearly been well made using the highest quality materials.
As you have no doubt guessed, this is an absolutely fantastic product, particularly as it can be used by those consumers who suffer with disabilities. I can award nothing less than five stars together with a high recommendation. You can make a purchase of the Faithfull Multi-Prong Cultivator from Amazon where it will cost you £8.99 plus £4.25 postage and packing.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.