|Rake 'n Hoe from Kaizen Garden|
Which brings us to the question that my new hoe, the Rake 'n Hoe from Kaizen Garden poses for the gardener.
Did the hoe come first and then they added the rake, or did the rake come first and then they added a hoe?
One might assume that the hoe came first, because without using the hoe to chop off the weeds, what would there be to rake?
Or perhaps the rake come first because without removing fallen leaves perhaps covering the plants in the flower or shrub border, how would the gardener know which were weeds that should be chopped off with the hoe?
Such weighty matters!
This is a unique hoe (or is a unique rake?) and was developed by those at Kaizen Garden to improve the efficiency, and presumably the speed, that one could chop out weeds and rake them into a pile. "Kaizen" is the Japanese word for "improvement" or "change for the better". Kaizen methods are often employed in factories or any work environment to encourage continuous improvement.
The improvement is that you hoe, then flip the tool over and rake. You don't have to drop the hoe, then pick up the rake. It saves time!
One tool, two purposes. As I used it I found it easy to get into the swing of things... hoe, hoe, hoe, flip it over, rake into a pile. Hoe, hoe, hoe, flip it over, rake into a pile.
I had two thoughts as I tried this hoe (this rake) out. I wish the rake was a bit wider. As it turns out, those Rake 'n Hoes shown for sale on the website do have wider rakes, so someone else must have agreed that "wider" was a good improvement. Kaizen! "Continuous improvement".
My other thought was will the hoe stay sharp enough? I wonder with those jagged teeth how easy it will be to sharpen?
I'll find out eventually. Hoe, hoe, hoe, rake, rake, rake. Which came first, the chicken or the egg, the rake or the hoe. Hoe, hoe, hoe...
(Yes, I got this hoe for free. Yes, I now have it in my hoe collection.)