Saturday 24 November 2012

The Micro Spatula – A Nifty Lifter

We have used Dagger Trowels to move the larger Soil Blocks right from the day we started making them, but they are too big to handle the little Micro 20 Soil Blocks.

In the end, we found an old-fashioned kitchen knife which seemed to fit the bill.  If you can find one the same, you may find that it works for you too.

However, if you are still looking for an easy tool for handling these little blocks, we may have found the answer!

These Stainless Steel Spatulas are about 15 cm (6") long, with one 'spade' and one 'spoon' end.  The 'spade' end is 17 mm (⅔") wide, just the right width to fit under an individual Micro 20 soil block and lift it up, ready to be placed in the top of a prepared 50 mm block.  As you may be able to see, we have put a slight bend in the one I am holding, as that seems to help to slip the spatula under the soil block.  We supply them straight, so you can bend yours as much or as little as you like!

You will need to have made your 50 mm blocks using the Cube Inserts, which form holes in the top of the blocks of exactly the right shape and size.

You can find the Micro Spatula at the bottom of the Soil Blockers page of our main website priced at £2.60 each, including UK postage.  They are also on the Hand Tools page, with a little more information here.