New England

June, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

Soil Biology Movies
You'll have new appreciation for all that's going on beneath the surface of your garden after watching these

Tool or Gardening Product

Swan Neck Hoe
My favorite weeder is a swan neck hoe. The angled blade and long handle lets me weed standing up, which is a back-saver. The blade is tapered to each end so it easily reaches into tight spots (although I have, on occasion, sliced something unintentionally). I've never had to sharpen the blade and it's still slicing and dicing quite well. You can turn a pointed end of the blade into the soil to dig down and catch the roots of a well-established weed, but the tool is most useful for skimming just below the soil surface to snag the annual weeds that pop up overnight.

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