Dutch hoe

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

The Dutch hoe is con­stantly work­ing away between the rows in the kitchen gar­den. Be­cause its op­er­a­tion is shal­low, it causes lit­tle damage to the roots. It’s the tool of choice for quiet sum­mer evenings, mov­ing slowly back­wards along a row with the feet in the next. The seedlings can of­ten be left to shrivel where they fall. Some con­nois­seurs favour the alarm­ingly named swoe, whose blade can reach around the young plants into the row it­self. Some­where in the shed will hang a draw hoe, which some call the swan-neck, es­sen­tial for earth­ing-up potatoes. Ne­ver­bend Dutch hoe, £26.99, Gor­don Rigg (01706 813374; www.gor­don­rigg.com)

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