There are gardeners who claim they don’t use hoes in their gardens. And then there are gardeners like Dee of Red Dirt Rambling who have more than one hoe, and freely admit it.
There is, after all, no shame in using hoes in the garden, and no shame in not using hoes in the garden.
It’s all about the gardener’s preference, I won’t judge!
But Dee did ask me to take a look at her hoes and see what I thought, if I had any suggestions for her, just for fun.
The first hoes shown are her long-handled hoes. She has the basics covered with a stirrup type hoe and a regular straight hoe.
The hoe hidden behind the others looks like one with a triangular shaped head. Those are nice, but you can use the corner of the straight edged hoe to serve the same purpose, so it is just a bonus to have that one, too.
What’s missing? Well, for starters, I think Dee might find it useful to have a scuffle hoe. It cuts weeds off in both directions, as you pull the hoe toward you and as you push it away. Dee has some raised beds where she grows vegetables intermixed with flowers, or is it flowers intermixed with vegetables, where that might be useful.
She says it confuses the bugs to put flowers with vegetables. It also makes for a prettier garden! I need to do more of that because the bugs were not confused when it came to attacking my squash plants this year, even though I added some flowers.
The other hoe that Dee might use for that red dirt of hers is a grub hoe. It’s really good for breaking up hard clay soils, which I assume she has quite a bit of in her Oklahoma garden.
Dee also has a lot of roses, nearly 90 last she counted. Even though we garden in different hardiness zones,
if when I decide to grow more roses, Dee is one of several garden bloggers I’ll be asking for recommendations from. The other one whose advice I’ll seek is Annie in Austin because she gardened in Illinois prior to her garden life in Texas.
Between the two of them, I bet they could come up with quite a collection of roses for me to plant at May Dreams Gardens!
But I digress… back to Dee’s hoes, this time her hand hoes.
I count seven in that picture.
I see a Cape Cod weeder in there; those are good, and I love mine. I also see the blue handle of a Cobrahead, another good one.
But I’m really excited to see that we both love the other kind of hand hoes, the ones with those angled heads, what I call the Japanese hand hoe. We both got our favorite one at Smith & Hawken, but they don’t seem to carry them any more. That’s a shame. One of the reasons I think Dee has so many of that type is because she’s afraid she’ll lose the one she loves, and can’t bear to be without it. I know I am afraid of that and guard mine with my life!
She and I both know that the other hand hoes just aren’t the same. The angle of the head isn’t qujte right, the length of the handle is a bit off… it has to be THAT one. It just does. If you know of a reliable source for them, please let us know. I’m sure we’d each buy a spare to have, ‘just in case’.
Dee has mentioned that her hoes ‘go camping’ and sleep under the stars. I take this to mean that she leaves them outside to fend for themselves on occasion. She knows, we all know, they’ll last longer if she puts them away after using them and keeps them clean and sharp.
My only other recommendation for Dee is she might want a five tine hand cultivator. The one I like is from the the DeWit hand tool company in the Netherlands and I’m not sure of a source for it in the United States. The place I ordered mine from is now wholesale only. If someone knows of a ‘state side’ source for them, please let us know.
Did you know I met Dee in person once? Yes, at the Spring Fling. It adds a whole new dimension to blog reading when you’ve met the blogger in person.
So when I was preparing this review of her hoes, I sent Dee an email and asked her what one lesson gardening has taught her. After questioning “just one”, she wrote back, “That the entire natural process of life with its birth, flowering and death is a miracle. Also, to not fear mistakes. They are part of the glory of life itself.”
Well put! Embrace mistakes for a happier life, for a glorious life!
Thank you, Dee, for sending me your hoe pictures and giving me a chance to review them for you! I think I’ve learned something by doing this, too. Actually I think I’ve discovered ‘the secret of the hoes’.
More on that later.
This is part of a “dual post” with Dee of Red Dirt Rambling. Visit Dee to find out about our virtual chat over an iced green tea!