These days most of my time is spent in the garden, planting, watering, pruning, eradicating pests and of course weeding. I do love weeding by hand; there's something so satisfying about being down in the dirt to pull those pesky weeds out, roots & all. However, it takes a lot of time & effort. Lately, I've turned to my favorite garden tool for help, although I'm not entirely sure it was a tool intended for gardening. My son calls it the "wicked tool".
It's a long handled, double sided hoe looking something or other. On one side is a two pronged fork while the opposite is a flat sharp blade, similar to a hoe. I have no idea how I came to own it and I feel like it may be intended for another use, but I just love it for getting those deep rooted weeds like dandelions and thistles or the little weedlings sprouting between those closely planted crops.
Modern Homesteading: Kitchen Scraps update! The potatoes are thriving. The russet potatoes were planted about 3 weeks ago and have really taken off in this humidity. The sweet potatoes that were sitting in water for about 6-8 weeks each grew a single slip (a new plant with it's own leaves & roots). Sadly, one of them did not survive the move to the garden, but after a slow start the 2nd slip is taking off. Both varieties pictured here are planted in a mound comprised of layered straw & compost. Then the mound is covered in grass clippings to hold in moister & keep weeds down.
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