An old farmer was asked at a conference what his worst weeds were. He named off two, and then grew quiet, trying to think. Finally he said, "well, we don't let them get big enough for me to identify what they are". That is the key to weeding a garden! If we can get to them when they're little, it saves the energy and time it would take to chop down or yank out a mature weed. Also, getting them small, we avoid the weeds from going to seed and planting more of themselves. We worked for a while with a saddle hoe for tiny weeds; it's lightweight and cuts the weed just under the surface of the soil. But now, we love working with our new homemade wheel hoe! We may be just a little too excited about it, but hey, new tools are fun! We put it together out of a kid's bicycle wheel and an old gas-powered cultivator's handles.
This baby allows us to weed an entire pathway with just two passes, which is a huge increase in efficiency compared to a traditional saddle hoe. We are always looking for ways to optimize our production methods so we can offer even more variety to our CSA members and veggie stand customers.
What do you think of our homemade wheel hoe? :)