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Hoss Wheel Hoe Review
Having a new garden spot (less than 2 years old) has been difficult to manage. Breaking fresh sod and attempting to till up the earth to make a smooth, rich soil is not an easy task to do! Last year, our first year gardening in the spot, we really struggled with planting such a big garden and then dealing with the subsequent weeds and thistles that popped up. We actually struggled so much that throughout the gardening season I periodically gave up on a section of the garden and we just ended up tilling the whole section under again. Not ideal, but sometimes you have to do what you can with time and energy restraints!
Since we aren’t into toxic chemical weed killers, we’ve tried some great Natural Weed Killing methods, but not all are suitable for a vegetable garden. Before planting this year, we did our research first and tried to come up with some new alternatives to combat the weeds, especially the thistles.
I’ve paged through a Hoss Gardening Tools catalog before and always been impressed with the wonderful selection of tools they had available and I’ve been wanting to try them out for a long time. This year I finally got my chance!
First, we tested out the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe with the double Plow attachment. After we did the major re-plowing and cultivating of our garden with the tractor, the Double Plow was perfect for making rows for potatoes, corn, lettuce, carrots, and much more. My husband especially loved the fact that it helped us make straighter rows…something I’m not very good at! We loved using the plow (especially for the potatoes since we planted 105 pounds of seed potatoes!) and we also plan on using it here in a few weeks to hill our corn so that the stalks will stay strong again the South Dakota wind.
The Hoss Wheel Hoes are made based on a centuries old design and constructed with coated steel and Amish-crafted hardwood handles. They are made to last a lifetime and I can personally attest to their solid construction.
Our garden has been in for less than a month now, but with the warming temps and the spring rains, the thistles are happily growing just as fast (if not faster) than the veggies. We’ve been using the Cultivator Teeth attachments with our Double Wheel Hoe to keep the thistles and weeds down in between our rows of corn and potatoes. Although it’s a bit of work to get through the soil (since we have some rather clumpy soil still), it’s tremendously easier than bending over to pull up all of the weeds. My back isn’t in the best shape so I appreciate this very much.
The Hoss Wheel Hoes come in a few different varieties and with both single and double wheels for added stability. They also carry a Junior Wheel Hoe for youths or if you happen to be a smaller adult, like me. So far I’ve really enjoyed using our Hoss Wheel Hoe and I’m excited to continue to use it all summer long to keep the weeds down in the garden and keep the rows cultivated. Next year I’m hoping to get the Seeder Attachment for my Wheel Hoe so that I will have better luck with planting an even row, something else I really need to work on!
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