Category Archives: hand-tools

the impassioned world of hoes

This is a foot-note/addendum/correction/apologia to the Hoe in Art and History post of April 3.  And other posts and pages on hoes. Tara (whose surname may or may not be Chillington, it really doesn’t matter) has commented that I failed … Continue reading

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our Three Sisters garden

We have lost momentum in the communal potager at Sue’s. The weather continues to be intermittently maussade with damp grey clouds blown in by the vent marin from the Med. Charles is too busy spraying the vines with copper sulfate … Continue reading

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Big scythe and small tractor

This is where it starts. The scythe I bought months ago gets a taste of the whetstone and goes to work for the first time in decades. I was amazed at how efficient it was – sweeping aside the sheeves … Continue reading

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Getting a handle on it

The handle or shaft length on a hoe is crucial for efficiency and comfort. Short handles may feel more familiar but they mean more bending over, and more strain on the back. Greg Baka of  Easy Digging is a strong … Continue reading

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A jangle of hoes

Every noun should have its own collective term. As in ‘ a murder of crows’ [ All This Time. The Soul Cages 1991]  – Sting was an English teacher, too.  So I propose, for my collection of hoes,  either ‘a … Continue reading

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The hoe in art and history

With the hoe – it seems to me – we see the start of techne. In the beginning of course was the stone, and the stick -and out of the stick grew many things : the staff, the spit, the … Continue reading

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The hoe – past and future

I’m currently enjoying ‘Land Girls’ by Angela Huth. It’s an affectionate portrait of three young women who join the Women’s Land Army. Much of their time is spent hoeing – and a quick stroll through internet images reveals this to … Continue reading

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Compost revisited

Excuses, excuses : Work – Christmas – Family – Illness, I have enough excuses to explain away the lack of posts here. My best is this though, borrowed from a Frenchman :-  ‘Eet ees ze Lazeeness!’  – with a Gallic … Continue reading

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The man with the hoe

It’s a comfortable 68F./20C. here, at 8 pm, with the doors and windows open on a still evening. Tomorrow we’ll go walking the hills, it’ll be 70+, the warm low 20’s of an early summer’s day. But there’s a chill … Continue reading

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Gathering winter fuel

We had our first cool evening of autumn this week, and I had to scramble around to find enough wood for the evening. Which spurred me into action on the Winter Fuel Hunt. This year I had to make enquiries … Continue reading

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