Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:16
I have a stainless steel spade and fork as they are best for clay soils and tend to last. Buy th ebest you can afford and pay attention to the length of the handle. The longer the better for avoiding back trouble - unless you yourself are short. I also have a stainless steel hand fork with a wooden handle that is very comfy to use for close work.
The best secateurs are Felco's - last for years and years. For all my other tools I like the Wolf system of interchangeable short, medium and long handles and assorted heads depending on the job in hand. I like the double bladed hoe for weeding, available in two widths in the UK and good for going between plants in the border and rows of veggies. The cultivator heads, rake head and weed extractor are very good to have and they do a decent pair of big loppers too.
Another essential tool is WD40 for spraying on tools after cleaning and a couple of plastic trugs for weeding in borders where a wheelbarrow won't fit.