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The Essential Gardening Tool Kit (page 5 of 11)

While a good-quality set of tools will not do the work for you, they certainly make gardening tasks easier and more enjoyable than attempts made using inferior or unsuitable products.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Long Handled Metal Rake Used to Make Fine Tilth

Create a fine tilth with a rake.

Types of Rakes and Hoes

  • Metal rake: Long-handled, with a head about 12 inches wide and short prongs. Use to prepare a fine tilth.
  • Wooden rake: Clear and level soil with the wooden-toothed head of this rake, which should be about 30 inches wide.
  • Push hoe: Push the sharp, flat blade shallowly through the soil to sever weeds' top growth from their roots.
  • Swan-necked draw hoe: Pull this hoe toward you in short movements to uproot weeds. You can also use it for marking seed drills.

 

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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