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17/05/2013 at 14:19

Has anyone found/used a narrow blade long handled weeding hoe?  I have a kitchen garden which is small and tightly packed with veggies and a conventional weeding hoe is too wide.  I have spotted a 'spud hoe' on the internet but the blade, although narrow, does not seem to be angled to the shaft and therefore looks awkward to use.  Local garden centres can't help.   Any ideas?  

17/05/2013 at 14:27

D T Browns seed catalogue has a  Nook hoe which looks like a tiny spade on a long handle.

If you google" Nook Hoe " a picture comes up.

17/05/2013 at 14:29

make one . a paint scrapper they come in different widths ? tank taped or tied with cord. to a broom handle . or hazel  pole . cheap and cheerful 

17/05/2013 at 14:37

.Thanks 'archiepem' - I had been thinking about trying to make something myself in desperation!

17/05/2013 at 14:45

How about finding a hoe preferably old, that suits your requirements but is too wide...then find a friendly chap or lady with a grinder and have it cut in size to please!

17/05/2013 at 17:35

Or look among her indoor's kitchen tools for something suitable.

18/05/2013 at 18:04

An onion hoe is great for between tightly packed plants, I use one with a short handle, but can see no reason why you should not put a longer one on it.

18/05/2013 at 22:53

Thank you bookertoo - I had been thinking about your idea.  A fellow allotment holder has exactly what I was looking for made by his granddad and he says I can borrow it.  In the meantime I have contacted Spear & Jackson and wait for their reply.  I will post any further developments and thank everyone one for their suggestions.

19/05/2013 at 00:21

Why not try the wolf-garten patio weeder/scraper, you can put that on either a long or short handle, and as it's only about two inches wide at the bottom, that should be small enough.  It's curved along the top, and it's sharp there as well, so you can either push or pull it to hoe the weeds.

You will need to buy the tool and the handle, so if you only intend to buy that, it might be expensive, they do make lots of tools that fit the handle, though, are reallly well made, and one tool may have a couple of uses - I use the long-bladed weeding knife to grub up dandelions, and to chop any slugs I find into bite-sized pieces for the birds and frogs in the garden.

19/05/2013 at 12:47

Thanks Mummy Muddy Paws. I have emailed Wolf for information as 2 inches would be the perfect width.

19/05/2013 at 15:18

Forester, try either World of Wolf, or Amazon, they are the cheapest places, and you can see what I mean about it being small, plus on Amazon there are reviews from previous purchasers, most of them will be 4 or 5 stars, they are great tools that have a  10 year guarantee, and with care most will last a lot longer.  If I have a choice of tool, I will go for wolf every time, they are as good as tools made in Sheffield were 50 years ago (as I'm a Sheffield girl I'm going to be biased), I don't think much is made in Sheffield any more, they are all hong kong fooey now with a brand name sticker slapped on.

19/05/2013 at 16:38

http://www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/seeds-plants-gardening/43418/border-hoe

 

I bought one of these to use in my previous garden to weed in between plants. I found it excellent, it saved my back too!

19/05/2013 at 16:49

Thanks Gavin,  again this is just the right size  but like the 'nook hoe' suggested by fidgetbones the blade doesn't seem to be angled to the soil although you say you used it successfully?  I might have to take the plunge and buy one to try.  Thanks again for all your wonderful suggestions.

19/05/2013 at 18:57

I've been looking for a narrow hoe too. Mr Lokelani said he would cut one down for me, but I'll buy one if I find one in the meantime! 

That border hoe doesn't seem to have an angle on it, unless it's above the bit in the photo? I can imagine digging small things out with it as it looks like it goes straight down, but without an angle I can't imagine the traditional hoeing action of just slicing the tops off things level with the soil?

I've only ever used a push hoe & what I mostly see in the garden centres are pull hoes I think. I guess it's what you're used to.

19/05/2013 at 20:24

Yes Lokelani I'm glad someone agrees with me about the angle so there seems to be a gap in the market here. I've now emailed three manufactuers with a request so maybe one of them will come up with a suitable product. 

Lokelani wrote (see)

I've been looking for a narrow hoe too. Mr Lokelani said he would cut one down for me, but I'll buy one if I find one in the meantime! 

That border hoe doesn't seem to have an angle on it, unless it's above the bit in the photo? I can imagine digging small things out with it as it looks like it goes straight down, but without an angle I can't imagine the traditional hoeing action of just slicing the tops off things level with the soil?

I've only ever used a push hoe & what I mostly see in the garden centres are pull hoes I think. I guess it's what you're used to.

 

03/02/2014 at 09:16

Just seen push pull heart shaped narrow hoes in tkmax great value well made have bought one and added longer handle works well.........odd that non specialist store should have the answer!!!

03/02/2014 at 09:27

Cheers Ed 

03/02/2014 at 11:12

We don't have a tkmax near us but a home sense about 12 miles away - are they the same thing before I travel over there?

03/02/2014 at 11:17

You can never guarantee what they will have in stock, one of the whole points about tkmaax, try 'phoning them before you make the trip.

Did you have any luck getting the onion hoe I mentioned before?  Still find that is the best for close work, unless you crops are so close together you are growing mini veggies -  keep us up with how you get on.  Good luck. 

03/02/2014 at 16:22
I use Haxnicks SpeedHoes which are available in two different lengths... My spouse is frightened to use them as she is scared of removing something she doesn't want to.
I have seen them in various GCs, always on their own so it may be worth asking if you can't locate...
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