Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Working the Beds

Boy, did we luck out. Last week found us wallowing in warm weather - in the 80s! This is unheard of up here in early April. But it sure felt nice, and the plants and insects were making the most of it. The weather gurus were claiming it would all come to an end by Sunday, but instead Sunday was glorious - in the 60s, with a slight breeze. Ahhhh.

So, of course, I HAD to do some prep work in the veg garden. This time I took out my new tool, the Cobra Head Hoe.

I know it doesn't look like much, but this is my new favorite tool! That flattened head is very sharp and it scoops right through the soil, loosening up the roots of all those weeds that have made it through the winter. Normally, I attack this project with a shovel, digging up huge chunks of soil, then sitting down and ripping the chunks apart and shaking the soil off the weed roots. Not this time. I just scooped and pulled - out the weeds came!

Four beds were done in record time!

I should've done more, but the bees were calling and I simply had to to photograph them as they swirled around the willow shrub.


Woodswoman Extraordinaire said...

Ooooh, great tool. I need to find me one of those!!!

Kathy said...

I've been hankering for a broad fork myself. Does essentially the same thing - loosens the soil but doesn't destroy the layers - but has more tines. Kinda pricey though.