03 Jun '11, 11am

What a hoe!—and other secrets of an orderly garden

What a hoe!—and other secrets of an orderly garden

Lookin' sharp! Can you keep a secret? I think I'm in love. The object of my affection is about 5'4", slender, and she's the sharpest tool in the shed. Did I mention she's a redhead? I've taken her out twice now, and we danced around the garden like we were made for each other. I'm talking, of course, about my new stirrup hoe. Equally enamoring is our new low tunnel -- a temporary structure made of curved metal and special fabric that lets light and water in. My partner, Brian, keeps exclaiming, "How did we ever grow anything without a low tunnel?!" The answer is not as well as we do now. Our garden last year was a weedy, disorganized mess. As usual, I was trying to do too much at once and not planning beyond what I could plant in the next bed. And we paid dearly for it. If the stem borers or the flea beetles didn't eat the plants, the violets and bromegrass choked them out...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/locavore/2011-06-03-what-a-hoe-and-o...

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