There are probably some explanations that would be fitting. A back story of sorts might help dear readers to understand my predicament. My blog title is Hoe and Shovel. Okay, that isn't news. Given the name, though, you might think I am a grand proponent of the tools used in my blog name or maybe you think me a collector of them or maybe even that I am a ... oh my... is it possible anyone thinks 'that' when they read my blog title? I can't bear to think of it.
We Should Move On to the Explanation
I DO love my 'shovel' and definitely couldn't live without it. My shovel could really be considered an all-in-one tool being that I use it for almost every project. That and my hand trowel. But truth be told Hoe and Shovel is not the owner of one single helpful hoe.
So the back story is simply that my (adult) daughter thought I should start a blog (almost a year ago). So much so that she created my blog template initially, called me on the phone as she was setting it up and asked me what I would like to name it. One of the first names I thought of(shooting from the hip) was Hoe and Shovel... simply because I thought it sounded like a cool blog name for a passionate gardener. I admit I wasn't really taking it seriously that I would ever really blog... I barely knew what a blog was at the time.
That's how we got the name... it was later to be learned there was a whole world of garden bloggers out there ... but that's a post for another day.
Back to the Hoe Story
When I think of how much has been accomplished with so few hand-tools at Hoe and Shovel it is kind of remarkable and even surprising on some level. Normally I wouldn't even give it a thought but all this talk of hoes and hoe downs over at May Dreams Gardens and so many other bloggers joining in got me started contemplating my lack of long-handled implements.
Wow, now Carol gets some serious work done with the help of all her hoes. Not only that but some of them are such attractive hoes that it should make everyone think they need at least one or two hoes hanging around for good measure.
About the Hoe Down
All along I had resigned myself to the idea that I wouldn't participate in this particular fun project in terms of posting. After all, it would be kind of shameful for a blogger with the blog title Hoe & Shovel to come clean about not having any hoe experience to share at a hoe down. Of course, I wanted to read everyone else's hoe down post.
I'm pleading the 5th on Carol's post: Gardening Lessons From The Hoes
"#5. Different hoes work in different ways.
...Every gardener works in different ways, too. You can watch how other gardeners work, but for many gardening tasks there is no right way or wrong way. You should find your own best way to work in the garden, to get your best results."
Here's the Part Where You Might Wonder Which Is The Sharpest Hoe in the Garden?
This week I was helping my toddler grandson understand how to use some kid-sized John Deere tools I recently bought for him. I was showing him how his circle hoe loosens the dirt or moves the leaves out of the way so he can dig properly.
These two mini-tools are actually quite handy (and well made too). Being that adult look-alikes have never been used around here before ... at this point I'm having a bit of a dawning in my thoughts about this. I've kind of always been guilty of getting by with less-than-great tools.
A side note: That doesn't include my power tools which ARE great... the mowers, the edger, the blower, the trimmer... those really have to be up to par in my opinion. But for some reason I tend to use few hand tools ... sort of making the ones I do use work double duty and overtime. I'm not sure why this is but all this talk of tools has certainly got me being introspective about my methods.
It happened to be time to fertilize the veggie garden today. Usually it's my trowel that breaks up the soil for blending in the nutrients. With this new dawning I was experiencing, it was decided to use the kid-sized circle hoe and the kid-sized hand rake-- the kid was no where around. Just the gardener using the kid's toys. Later in the day they also came in handy when adding fertilizer to all my potted containers and for moving the leaves out of the way under the impatiens for an application of Osmocote.
So here's the low down .... errr, I mean hoe down. The infamous (above photo) 'do almost everything' shovel, the trowel that gets used for everything else..... and I allowed the mini hoe & rake in another photo since they've proven so handy this week.
Lastly, since rakes were allowed in the hoe down the above photo displays the only other well-worn (and very old) long handled tools I use for all the garden projects here at Hoe & Shovel.
Rake & Shovel just doesn't sound as good as Hoe & Shovel.
So... here's what I'm thinking ... the Hoe gets to stay. What do you think?