Sunday, April 23, 2006

Two Favorite Hand Tool


These are two of my favorite hand tools. The top one is a Japanese Hand Digging Hoe. I use it a lot for general weeding, and also for cutting out sod. The bottom one is a Japanese Digging Knife, also known as a "hori hori" knife. It's great for getting weeds out that are close to other plants that you don't want to pull out with the weed. Both are pretty sharp, which is one of the reasons I think they work so well.

6 comments:

The Midnight Gardener said...

You, too, have a great garden blog!! Thanks for sharing! I really need to buy some amsonia...I think I could love a whole lot of that stuff! These tools look great...I just wonder if it'd be safe for me to be wielding!

Carol said...

I wear gloves when I wield these tools, just to be a little safer!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol, I am trying to kind a souce for the hoe that is pictured on your blog. I used to get it from Smith a Hawkins, but they don't have them anymore and the various web sites for japanese tools do not have ones with the same configuration. Do you have a place to buy them? Thanks, Feather

Carol said...

I also bought this mine at Smith & Hawkins, but did notice they don't have it on their website anymore. You might just call them.

wilson said...

Nice post I m also using tools. But I have no one these type tools. thanx for share this.

Judith van Praag said...

Hi CArol, Lovely picture of you with the lawn mower! The hori-hori is by far my absolute favorite! A friend presented me with it when I got my first "P-Patch" . Which btw has nothing to do with one or the other "P" derives from Picardo Farm, the first community garden in Seattle. P-Patches are organic community gardens. No need for pesticides when you dig out the weeds before they go to seed! And daffodils have many purposes, from salad bar to chicory.