The Stirrup Hoe
This is a great all-around hoe that can literally cover some ground in a hurry. It is especially adept at inter-row weeding and keeping the footpath under control. Stirrup Hoes come in three sizes - 3¼", 5", and 7" wide and sport a beefier handle to support the extra stress involved with the push stroke.
|Mark Guzzi hoes a row at Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont, ME. |
Photo courtesy, Eric Gallandt, University of Maine
The Collinear Hoe
Photos courtesy Jean-Martin Fortier, Les Jardins de le Grelinette, St. Armand, Quebec
The Wire Weeder
This tool may be used in a back and forth motion, or simply dragged through the soil if weeds are just emerging. You will see above that the user is holding it at a slight angle to fit between these closely spaced crops.
Simply dragging the weeder through the soil
The Trapezoid HoeThis is our favorite tool for mid-sized weeds. It is a traditional chopping hoe with a unique trapezoidal shape. The beveled blade is angled just enough to get under the edges of plants. Sharp corners tackle stubborn roots. The replaceable spring steel blade allows easy renewal after multiple seasons of vigorous use.
CobraHead® Long-handled Weeder/CultivatorThe curved blade of this tool acts like a steel fingernail. It weeds, cultivates, digs, and furrows with ease. It works well in almost any soil. The blade is set in place with Allen screws, allowing easy replacement.
The 3-Tooth CultivatorThis tool was designed by Eliot Coleman to have a push-pull action for incorporating compost and fertilizer, and loosening soil. What's that got to do with weeding? Well, it can also be used for cultivating between rows in footpaths and is especially effective on emerging weed seedlings in those areas, as the cultivating action of its teeth act to bury those young weeds, smothering them.