|The broad fork is a modern, ergonomically-sound version of a classic Dutch implement. It is ideal for the fast manual non-inversion tillage, particularly of heavy clay soils. Soils can be opened up to allow air, water and soil organisms to penetrate with the consequent improvement of structure, fertility and biological activity.
It is a serious tool for market gardeners, herb and cut flower growers and is a sustainable alternative to mechanical cultivation. Many home gardeners find it makes a wonderful replacement for conventional garden forks with their flimsy tines and short handles. The tool is handcrafted in small batches in Gundaroo and we strongly advise people to reserve a broad fork as they are always in high demand.
The photograph on the left is of an eight tined prototype broad fork being used at 'Allsun Farm' The production model has 7 replaceable tines.
If your soils are hard and compacted it may be easier, in the beginning, to work with less tines. Simply remove all the tines and rearrange them into either a 3 or 5 tined configuration.