While at the NW Flower and Garden show this year, I spend many a moment at the Hardwicks booth, they have the coolest stuff. I drooled on the little soil sifters for use with seed cleaning, a nice set of clippers that made their way home with me too. The big find was the $5 micro spatulta set.
Last year I swore that I would never use the 72 cell sheet flat again, I cursed every time I had to transplant seedlings. Poking from the bottom didn't work, gently pulling out a few, tipping the tray, etc., all ending with disaster. I did find that two ultra cheap plastic knives (the kind you get with takeout, and toss without using as they are so bad) worked ok for pinching out the seedlings, a bit awkward, but better than the other methods. Problem is that every time you see them laying around, you just want to toss them.
So, another year, another lesson not learned. I said I would never plant so many tomato's again. Of course I did and added peppers as well. In comes the 72 cell tray, I know, I said I would not, but there just is not enough space otherwise. Eight trays later... - 8x72=576, that's a lot of seedlings yikes. Did I save the plastic knives? No, of course not. I had used one of the micro spatula's with a flat-ish spoon end for seeding (made for super easy planting of pepper and tomato seeds btw). I grabbed two with regular flat ends, wow that was easy. I think I plucked out a whole tray in less than 2 minutes.
If your in Seattle, go to Hardwicks and pick one up, I think they sell it for cleaning bonsai roots, not sure. You can get them on Amazon as well, but a trip to Hardwicks is so much more fun, garden tool paradise. Husbands usually don't mind a trip there either. Craft stores sell them sometimes as well for working with clay.
Did I mention they also work as a dibbler? Yep, mighty fine one at that. Marvin also approves. I may be buying another set soon.