There comes a time, when the garden keeps growing and growing, and one person can no longer do the work without help. That help can be in the form of another human or tools. I do have a friend who loves to work in the garden and she comes over and helps me but she isn’t around much, and when she is, we do more talking that working.
My neighbor in Kentucky had a very old wheel hoe and they didn’t have a garden. I think it was something that had been left at their house and was there when they bought the place so they let me use it. I was tempted to bring it with me when we moved and had I asked, they would probably have said “take it” but I didn’t ask and I returned it to them.
The garden in Missouri was fairly small and I never even thought about needing one but here, as the garden grew, I found myself missing that wheel hoe. I had no idea how much they cost and when I looked at them a couple of years ago, I talked myself out of buying one.
Now that the garden has outgrown the one old gardener, it was time for a wheel cultivator. After reading reviews and evenings spent researching, Vince ordered the Hoss hoe/cultivator from Easy Digging.
He ordered the double wheel model, which seems a bit easier to drive, plus I like how it ca go over short stuff like young lettuce, onions, beets, etc. We got the Deluxe Plus model so it came with the 4 tine cultivator and the weeding sweeps. We added the 8″ oscillating hoe and the disc/harrow. I was real tempted to get the seeder but talked myself out of that since all my planting for this year has been done but I’m betting I add that to my collection before next spring’s planting season. There isn’t that much that I plant from seed but after planting 3 or 4 pounds of pea seeds, my back is killing me.
A new toy always makes the job more fun .. even if the job involves getting rid of weeds.