A sieve is an important addition to any gardener. This sieve or riddle, which is its proper name from Hill & Sons is just perfect for the job of turning home made compost into fine, smooth, soft and fluffy soil.
The downside of sieving is that it is back breaking work. I've discovered this can be made easier, simply by sieving at waist height using the wheelbarrow as a base.
This 18" riddle made from beechwood using traditional techniques is an ideal tool and produces a fine, light and earthy soil.
Here's the sieved soil that I'm using to fill this raised bed, on top of a layer of manure.