Digging is at the heart of gardening, and one of the quickest ways to tuck seedlings into soil is with a hand trowel. Look for trowels with an ergonomic design to lessen hand and wrist fatigue. Trowel blades with inch markings take the guesswork out of proper planting depth. Trowels that feature a seamless handle-blade design won't break or fail apart. Other hand tools worth considering are a short handled pick mattock (for rocky soil), a Korean hand plow (often sold as a ho-mi and one of the most versatile garden tools ever conceived); and a sturdy weeder (cobra head type works like a gem).
Photo by: Julie Martens Forney