Just give me five minutes and a good hoe, and I can clear out one of the raised beds in my vegetable garden and have it ready for planting.
Yesterday morning, this bed was full of little weeds.
But in just five minutes, I was able to clear it of weeds with my new Circlehoe. The green you see on top of the bed are the weeds I chopped down with the Circlehoe.
I got the Circlehoe right before the hoe down, along with a hand circlehoe and a mini circlehoe. Prior to this weekend I had already used the mini circlehoe on my lettuce bed and it was the perfect size to get in between the rows of that little bed.
What I like about the circle hoe, in all three sizes, is that it is like two tools in one.
One side of the circlehoe is sharp, so it cuts the weeds off quickly, with one hit, Then, once the weeds are cut down, you can flip the hoe over to the other side, which is flat, and use it to smooth out the soil.
Another plus with the circlehoe is that it is an open circle, so it doesn't move a lot of the dirt with it. (Yes, there are times when you want to move a lot of dirt around and for those times, you should use a more traditional hoe.)
If you were considering buying a scuffle or stirrup type hoe, you should consider getting a circlehoe instead. Like the Cobrahead, it was designed by a gardener, and he used it and perfected it until he got it right.
Even if you are one of those gardeners who doesn't use a hoe, I bet you would find the mini circlehoe quite useful for weeding around perennials and other close plantings.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with how the circlehoe works and happy to have it added to my hoe collection.
But it won't be hanging up in the garage-turned-hoe-musem gathering dust. This is going to be one of my working hoes, like the Cobrahead and a few others.
Thanks to Ralph and Karen at Circlehoe, for giving me the chance to try this hoe out. It does 'run circles' around all the weeds and will be well used in my vegetable garden.
Like I said, give me five minutes and a good hoe...