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Friday, May 27, 2011

My Newest Hoe is a Spork

I got a new hoe several weeks ago from the Garden Tool Co.

How I came to get this new hoe is a testament to the connections you can make with others of like mind on Twitter and Facebook.

The folks at the Garden Tool Co. found out about my hoe collection via a tweet I sent out on Twitter, checked it out, didn't see a hoe like the spork hoe and offered to send me one.

I accepted their offer because I like hoes. I like to use them in the garden. I have a collection of hoes. I generally can not resist when someone offers me another hoe.



*Public Service Announcement*


If you love garden tools, be careful clicking over to the Garden Tool Co. site.  There are garden tools over there. Good tools. Well-made tools. Tools that you can hand down to your kids and grandkids. Tools that you'll drool over, and want, and put on your Christmas list. Then Christmas morning when everyone else is exclaiming over new sweaters and ties and billfolds and mittens and whatever else non-gardeners get for Christmas, you'll be sitting there with something like a brand new Dutch Hand Hoe, as happy as can be and wishing for spring to arrive quickly.  I have had one of those hand hoes for going on 15 years or longer, and it is still one of my favorite gardening tools. If I lost it, I'd mourn briefly and immediately buy a new one.  If I ever break it, hey, lifetime guarantee!

In the past, I have also purchased from various and sundry sources a DeWit Garden Disc (I bought that in Buffalo and got it safely home in my suitcase), a  DeWit Rockery Trowel (great for planting small bulbs in the fall), a Cape Code Weeder, (I am on my second one of these because the garden fairies stole my first one and hid it somewhere out in the garden),  and a Cobrahead Weeder, (which I got for Christmas one year), to name a few tools.

I often get asked where one should go to buy a good hoe. Finding so many hoes (three pages worth) and other good gardening tools on the Garden Tool Co. website will make it easy for me to answer this question.  


*End of Public Service Announcement*


Now where were we before I got lost on the Garden Tool Co. website where there are three pages of just hoes (did I mention that), both short-handled and long-handled, including the DeWit Pull Spork Hoe that they sent me to try out and add to my collection.

The hoe arrived right about the time it started to rain, and rain, and then rain some more. For several weeks, my new spork hoe was leaning up in the corner in the entryway (yes, inside my house) while I waited for it to dry out enough in the garden to hoe something, anything.

Finally, finally, finally, the rain stopped just long enough for the ground to dry up enough for me to take the spork hoe out to the garden and test it out. Here's what the business end of the hoe looks like.

It's a cross between a fork and a hoe. What it does really well is break up the ground. I used the pointed/fork end to break up some beds in the vegetable garden, then turned it 90 degrees to use the side of the hoe to smooth out the area. It works quite well!

Like all DeWit gardening tools, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

This weekend, if we don't get more rain, I'll be taking the spork out to the vegetable garden, along with a few other tools, to hopefully, finally prepare the beds for planting, and then plant! It will be a great pleasure to do so because of well-made tools like this spork.

(Full hoe disclosure. The Garden Tool Co. sent me this hoe for free to review. I purchased all the other tools mentioned, except for the Corbrahead, which was a gift from a family member.)

7 comments:

Kari L√łnning said...

It looks very useful, I like the fork feature for breaking up weeds and solid soil.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This Spork looks medieval. You will be able to remove and Vikings that try to ransak your garden. Lookout garden fairies. You won't stand a chance with this thing.

The Sage Butterfly said...

That is an interesting hoe...looks to be very functional!

Alexis E. said...

I have just one hoe and it's the basic flat looking metal type. Now I have hoe envy!

Vicky said...

I thought a spork was the cross between a spoon and a fork. Since your hoe is a cross between a hoe and a fork I think you should call it a "foe" or maybe a "hork".

Jim Lewis said...

A foeck is dangerously close to inappropriate, so I think you should go with hork.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

What a cool looking hoe! And looks to be very functional as well. I think I have hoe envy!