At first glance, you might think my new hoe is not a hoe, but I assure you it is. It has moving parts so I'm tempted to call it a hoeing machine or a hoeing contraption, but its primary purpose is to break the soil and chop down the weeds, which is what a hoe does, right? So it's a hoe.
Here it is... The "Ro-Ho Gardener".
Isn't that something? I got it from my former neighbor, the one who is moving after 45 years of living next door to where I grew up. I did an online search and didn't get any "hits" for the Ro-Ho and can't find another one for sale on eBay, so I think it is pretty unique.
I did get a few hits for the manufacturing company, but mostly for obituaries for people who worked there at one time.
So I'm not only very happy to add this to my hoe collection, I'm also pleased to put information about it on the world wide web, via this post, so if some other lucky gardener happens to find one or have one, they will get a "hit" if they search online for it, and maybe we can compare notes.
Here's the business end of it.
You push it forward through the soil (dirt, if you aren't fancy about your gardening talk) and the wheel with the teeth turns and chops down the weeds and then the tines in the back turn the soil (dirt) over. I can tell you that if you push this regularly through the garden, you'll get a good work out!
My neighbor first showed it to me at the same time he commented about some weeds in the garden I had planted over there. I got the hint and took a turn with this through that garden and can report it does a pretty good job knocking down weeds. I think he also knew that once I saw the Ro-Ho Gardener and tried it out, I would have to have it. He was right about that. We negotiated a bit, arrived at a fair price (the price he named), and now it's mine, part of my hoe collection.
Have you ever seen a hoeing contraption like it? Do you have one in your tool shed?
Here's what the weeds see right before the Ro-Ho Gardener chops them down.I'd sure be afraid if I were a weed and saw the Ro-Ho Gardener heading my way. It means business!
And tonight I was a little afraid to look at the squash plants to see if I had more zucchini to harvest. I did. But I also suddenly have tomatoes! Isn't that the way it goes? We wait and wait and it seems like forever before we harvest the first big ripe tomato and then suddenly the tomatoes all start to ripen at once. The tomato in the lower right hand corner is a 'German Johnson', my favorite. I'll let it sit a day or so to further ripen and my-oh-my will it be good.
And I'll keep watching for the Perfect Tomato, and when I harvest one, and I know I will eventually, I'll pull out all the stops and rituals for it, so check back for that.
Wait, something is missing from my harvest trug.
I forgot to check the 'Cue Ball' squash. Yep, there were four more round zucchini squash.
I'm having a very good squash year.
How's your squash doing this year?