What could be better than to be greeted with a new hoe when you get home? You tell me! Yes, I'll admit a new bloom gives a new hoe a run for the money, but it's always nice to find a new hoe waiting for you on your front porch when you get home from a long day of work.
And just how is a hoe shipped? Wrapped in plastic with some extra protection for the hoe head and the end of the handle. I wonder what the delivery man thought when he delivered this to me, or if he is so used to delivering hoes to all the good gardeners in the world, it was no big deal?
Anyway, I present my new hoe, a DeWit Stirrup Hoe from Tierra Garden.
I took my new hoe, handmade in the Netherlands, for a "test spin" last night and it's a keeper. I can see where this will be a good hoe for weeding in the garden. With the open stirrup design, I'll be able to cut through weeds without really moving all the soil in the process. Soon I'll be adding this hoe to my official "collection post" once I take a more suitable picture (portrait) of my new hoe with a better background.
Now, let's talk about hoes for a minute and why a gardener would have so many hoes. Not counting some antique hoes that I don't actually use, I now have 14 hoes, 15 if you count my hand digging hoe. I realize that is maybe 13 more hoes than most gardeners have.
Was I raised in a family with a lot of gardening tools? No, my Dad was really a "one hoe" gardener, who also had one shovel, one rake, and one trowel. But he had several leaf rakes, because he wanted to put us all to work helping with that fall chore! I believe I actually bought him his second hoe for Father's Day one year right after I had graduated from college. The handle on that hoe broke, but I still have the hoe head, hanging in my garage.
Who knew there were so many different types of hoes? A lot of people, gardeners included, don't realize how many different types of hoes there are, until they look at some of the specialty gardening tool catalogs. But, fellow gardeners, once you see all the different types of hoes, don't you want to try them out to see how well they work or don't work, and find out for yourself if one is really better than the others? What if one of them truly is "the one" that's perfect for you and how you garden? You'll never find out if you don't try them out.
Do I use all these hoes? Ummm, some more than others. I probably use the hand digging hoe the most. After that, I would group the other hoes into three categories... those I use a lot, those I use for special situations, and those I tried but don't really like that well.
Do I ever get rid of my older hoes? No, it never crossed my mind to get rid of any of my hoes. Even those I don't use that often might come in handy for some special garden work in the future.
What do I call my hoe collection? I've been thinking about that. If a fleet is a bunch of cars, and a flock is a bunch of geese, what does one call a collection of hoes? (I'm accepting only clean answers to that question!)
If you have more questions about my collection or a specific hoe, feel free to ask. I'm happy to answer any questions.