Where would you try out a new hoe called the Let-Us Weeder®?
It’s not a trick question! Of course you would want to try it out in a patch of lettuce, and that’s just what I did this evening.
I took it out to my lettuce patch and gave it try. I hoed between the rows of lettuce, around the flowering pea vines, and next to my tiny little tomato plants.
I broke through the crusted earth with it and knocked out a variety of weeds.
My conclusion? Let-Us Keep this one close at hand!
This is a well designed hoe. It’s got a nice sharp edge on both side of the hoe head and the point.
If room allows, you can hoe with the wide part, cutting down the weeds and cultivating the soil. Or if it is a tight fit, you can use just the point to do the same thing.
Lowell, of Lowell’s Tools, included a nice note with the two hoes he sent with some good hoe maintenance and hoeing info, some of it specific to the Let-Us Weeder®, and some that replies to all hoeing.
If I might paraphrase and add my own thoughts…
– “The Let-Us Weeder® is designed for maintenance weeding.” (That’s true of most of the hoes in my collection other than the grub hoe.)
– “It works best on the pull stroke and also can be used in a chopping motion with the pointed tip.” (This is not true of all hoes. Not all of them chop. This dual use is a great feature of this one.)
– “The tool comes in various handle lengths to match someone’s height. It is best to let the length of the tool work for you by working with one hand on the grip and the other 12 – 15″ down the shaft. This will keep your back straighter while you weed with your shoulder muscles and not your lower back muscles… The handle grip is not glued on so someone can shorten the handle if they wish.” (I think I will cut this handle down a bit to make it more customized to my height. I know that some of my favorite hoes have shorter handles. Those with longer handles can’t generally be cut down like this one, another nice feature.)
– “The tool is forged and tempered meaning it is very durable steel. To sharpen the tool, just file parallel with the edge. Take any nicks out as soon as you see them; maintain the existing angle and that will lessen damage when you hit a rock. If you sharpen the edge at a 45-degree angle, it will nick more severely”. (I wonder if Lowell knows about the ginormous rock in my vegetable garden? I do appreciate this info on how to sharpen my new hoe, which I think applies to all tools. Keep the edge at the same angle!)
– “Always weed off to the side at about a 45 degree angle from directly in front of you. This, too, will help with your posture, keeping you straighter.” (That’s a good reminder for me. I don’t want to end up all stooped over in my old age, which isn’t just around the corner like some would think. It is decades and decades in the future.)
It is definitely not going to spend a lot of time “hanging around”, it’s going to be put to work in my garden!