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Old 06-22-2019, 10:49 PM
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Yah, so I found out that a good quality Etool/spade is essential if harvesting this, or a conainer to dig with.. my cheap foldable spade just broke off at the pooint it connects to the tube. metal totally sheared. Definately will not be buying another one of them.


Wondering if anyone has suggestions on good spades or tool to harvest root edibles with?
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Old 06-23-2019, 04:52 AM
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Not sure how big you need.
There is a post about home depot(and others) having a Klien(?)duct knife that AC guys use,serrated on 1 side,blade on the other.
Not the same one,but a use a serrated"rambo" knife gardeing,digging out weeds,cutting roots etc. that might be handy ..
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Would a dandelion root extractor work?
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ames-For...2100/204476253



I have one and they are great for dandelion root pulling.
Just stab in into the ground next to the root and the sharp fork bites into the root.
Pry the handle back and the root pops out. I think if you had something like this, but twice as long, it might work great for what you need.


How big are these roots?

or just wander through a home depot and grab a shovel you like.
Do you have to carry the shovel far? Are weight and size and issue?

Maybe a mattock?

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Try a Hori-Hori

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I keep a WW2 ERA E tool in my truck.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:21 AM
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Another vote for the hori-hori knife.
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I use a Lesche digging tool.
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Old 12-29-2019, 04:12 PM
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I only dug burdock once and that was a long time ago. I would think one of those long, narrow shovels would work well. Or better than what we used. I think they call them ditch shovels or something. I also wonder if a post hole digger would work well to make an initial hole and then go laterally to get to the root.
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Old 12-29-2019, 05:12 PM
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Up here in the Ozarks, we call that long, narrow shovel a 'sharpshooter'. Works well for some root crops. Turnips are easy with one of these.
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Wondering if anyone has suggestions on good spades or tool to harvest root edibles with?
I know this is an old thread, but others may be interested...

For digging up long taproots that just don't wanna come up, I like to water the ground real good a couple of hours before digging. I dig into the soil all around the plant before attempting to pull it up. Burdock has a ridiculously long taproot, so it will be nearly impossible to get all of it up, but I'm happy if I get a good sized root...

I like a trenching shovel a lot better than my regular shovel because it "bites" the ground and makes it easier to punch through even rocky soil.



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i have found...so far...a heavy garden fork like you dig potatoes to be one of the best. especially in the woods or where lots of roots are at. because of rocks here any shovel just wont do it.even the narrow ones. out in open fields its ok but yet again...here..rocks. the land of limited soil...lol

i like an axe mattock pretty well but i bought a small version of it but i have used it only a couple of times. i would like something between it and the mattock. so little time to get perfection ya know.lol


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Some entrenching tools are crap. I ruined a cheap tri-fold unit trying to dig snow/ice out from under a high center car. I bought a Korean war army unit - awesome - has a place on my INCH cart.

+1 for the heavy duty forks for root stuff.

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Some entrenching tools are crap. I ruined a cheap tri-fold unit trying to dig snow/ice out from under a high center car. I bought a Korean war army unit - awesome - has a place on my INCH cart.

+1 for the heavy duty forks for root stuff.

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Thanks for the warning about the trenching shovels...I recall seeing the same in reviews about that. One way to find out for sure: buy it in a brick and mortar store if you can. Test it before leaving the store by leaning hard on the shovel, with the blade side down, and if the shovel blade bends even slightly do not buy it. The cheaper ones are most likely to perform poorly.
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:48 AM
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burdock runs deep sometimes three feet. sharpshooter but ,depends on the soil.
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If you like the smaller E Tool sized options the Cold Steel Shovel https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-92...7746673&sr=8-4 is very sturdy!

One of the mini D handle shovels would probably work even better! https://www.amazon.com/AMES-COMPANIE...746944&sr=8-14

When Iím uprooting things I tend towards a pick mattock or even one of the smaller ginseng hoe options.

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