Articles about Gardening and Digging

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Gardening Articles

This is the Index of links to our articles on home gardening, small-scale agriculture, and fruit and nut crops..

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clay garden soil that is dry and cracked
How To Loosen And Improve Clay Soil
Techniques to naturally convert your hard clay soil into a nice loam.

weeds sprouting up in bare soil
Guide to Easy Weeding
The Stale Seed Bed technique was used to control weeds before the days of herbicides

percussion caps and mounting posts
DIY Deer Alarms that go Bang!
Made from rat traps, string, and percussion caps. They sound like a gun firing.

green weeds on a black background
Garden Weeds: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Is a weed good or bad, or just misunderstood? Learn the pros and cons of weeds here.

pulling weeds with fingers
How to Naturally Control Garden Weeds
A variety of weed control methods appropriate to home gardens are covered in this article.

using a fork hoe to move a compost pile
Compost Tractor: Makes new garden beds
Learn how to create fertile garden beds at the same time you are composting.

plants grown in compost with herbicide contamination
Killer Compost - DIY Herbicide Test
Residue on composted scraps can damage your crops. Learn the Green Bean herbicide test.

Allis-Chalmers G with rear engine and belly mounted tools
Antique Tractor Weeders
Weeding and cultivating tractors from yesterday provide ideas for today. Great photos!

Garden Hoe related articles...,

oscillating hoe
How Many Types of Garden Hoes Are There?
48! But they divide into just 5 categories. See how each group can reduce your garden labor.

correct blade angle for a garden hoe
Adjust a Garden Hoe To Fit Your Height
Learn how to change the blade angle on the most common hoe. Your back will thank you!

Digging Hoe pulling action
How To Use a Grub Hoe
It is the human-powered rototiller. Instructions for quick and easy digging and tilling.

Using an Italian Grape Hoe
How To Use a Grape Hoe
Tips for using a grape hoe to quickly and easily weed garden paths and other large areas.

how to sharpen a garden hoe
How To Sharpen a Garden Hoe
Weeding is easier if your hoe's edge is sharp enough to cut weeds off at the base.

How the kuwa hoe weapon is held
Kuwa: Grub Hoe as a Martial Arts Weapon
Ancient farmers used this tool as a weapon. Modern martial arts practices still feature it.

Broadfork related articles...,

Broad fork aerating a long garden bed
Why And How To Do Soil Aeration
Easily improve your garden soil by deeply aerating with a broadfork

man using broadfork with wood handles
Wood or Metal Broadfork Handles?
There are pros and cons to each type. Figure out which is best for you.

Wheel Hoe related articles......

showing how wheel hoe is different from wheel cultivator
Wheel Hoes: The Buying Guide
Full details, and the pros and cons, of wheel cultivators sold in the USA.

Antique double wheel how with assorted attachments
History of Planet Jr Cultivators
Learn why wheel cultivators were the king of garden tools from the 1890's to 1920's.

plow being pulled by winch cable
Plowing with a Winch
See how a common winch is used to power plows and cultivators in Russia. Lots of cool videos!

Grillo tractor with rear-tine tiller attachment
Rototiller versus Wheel Hoe
Compares a large Grillo rototiller to a Hoss wheel hoe for different small farm tasks.

oscillating hoe cutting in the backward direction
Power of the Back Cut
Tips from a customer for getting the most from your Oscillating Hoe attachment.

Garden Seeder and Planter related articles...

example of what a garden seeder is
Garden Seeder Buying Guide
Comparison of garden seeding methods and equipment. Includes push seeders and jab planters.

Difference between good and bad seed to soil contact
Seed-to-Soil Contact is Important
Grow better faster crops by optimizing your seed to soil contact.

potato planting machine
Potato Planting and Harvesting
Learn creative small-scale agriculture methods to grow a big crop of potatoes.

Working and Turning the Soil articles...

clean edge for flower bed, cut with a garden spade
Five Uses of a Garden Spade
Turning soil, edging, de-sodding, transplanting, and digging are all covered.

Garden Spade and Garden Fork drawing
Double Digging
The step-by-step method to double dig garden beds. Also a quick history.


Manual Digging Articles

This is the Index of links to our articles on manual digging, trenching, and soil moving. Also our popular Drainage Guide for home and yard problems.

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Trenching Hoe
Trenchers and Trenching Guide
Covers both powered and manual trenching tools and techniques for DIY projects.

using a mattock for trail work
Digging through Rocks and Roots
How to use a pick, mattock, or digging bar to break through hard soil, roots, or rocks.

man using a sharpshooter shovel to dig a trench
How to use a Sharp Shooter Shovel
Tips for using a Sharpshooter shovel for digging narrow shallow trenches, and for transplanting shrubs.

author Julie Baka with calf
Scoop Shovels on the Farm
Julie tells us all the things they shoveled and scooped up on her family farm.

plastic barrel modified to organize long tools
Digging Tool Storage
How to safely organize and store your long-handled tools.

ground level wheelbarrow for moving heavy items
Unusual Wheelbarrows
Special purpose wheelbarrows that can out perform the conventional ones.