About derekv

Derek Varejcka spent time in several different countries as a member of the US Navy. After his time in the military Derek and his family served as a missionaries in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea where he gained a great deal of personal experience in essential tools needed to live sustainably in a remote environment. Derek is currently raising his family of 9 on his homestead in central Texas where he grows organic vegetables and manages a nearby restaurant serving naturally and locally sourced cuisine.

Spear and Jackson Digging Fork and Spade Review by Derek V. 2012

I’ve been using the Spear & Jackson digging fork and spade for over two weeks now to prepare some of the toughest soil I’ve dealt with for planting. The soil is a very thick red clay and has made very, very short work of the other digging forks I’ve been using. I’ve now dug a little over 100 square feet down to 2 feet deep of this thick red clay and haven’t skipped a beat with especially the digging fork. The length of the neck on the fork and it’s attachment to the wooden handle have greatly reduced my concern over the all too common snapping sound of the handle as you’re trying to dig up those hardened soil areas. I’m very pleased with the Spear & Jackson craftsmanship and especially their durability.