This is a knife!
Just got a new soil knife from A.M. Leonard the other day, and it’s excellent. Years ago, when i was working as a gardner in colorado, i used this for nearly everything, weeding, cutting, transplanting, digging small and medium holes. Sadly, i lost it in the move to DC. Just be careful, cause the new ones are really sharp!
I used it just the other day to transplant my eggplants and sweet peppers. Ended up going with 3 Black Beauty and 4 Japanese long eggplants, and 6 sweet pepper plants this year. Remembering how big eggplants gets (very bushy!), i gave them their own bed so they don’t shade out any neighbors.
The jack in the pulpit (which i completely forgot where i planted last year!) has really taken off with the recent rains, as has the garlic.