Garden Tool Suggestions

Tim Davis timd at
Wed Dec 5 11:47:24 EST 2001


I was excited to hear that you were interested in trying our new tool
(Long Handled Wire Weeder) but may I suggest rather than cutting it down,
try our regular wire weeder (part # 9673) specifically made to be used
sitting or kneeling.  As for the Long Handled version, Eliot Coleman
strongly suggested Johnny's to develop it for the same purpose you suggest
using it for, but in a standing position.  As for the narrow distance
between plants, what Eliot does (and I recommend) is twist the handle so
the edge of the weeder is at a 45 degree angle rather than a 90 degree.  I
have seen Eliot walk down a row weeding his intensively planted beds
inside his winter greenhouses (salad crops) at a suprisingly fast and
steady pace, and he is weeding a 2-3" wide space between rows. It's
actually quite slick. Best of luck.

Tim Davis
Accessory Product Manager
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Albion, Maine

> I have a suggestion for a tool we could use in our operation.  As many of
> you know, we grow salad crops throughout the winter in unheated hoophouses.
> We grow these intensively in permanent beds.  Because of the intensive
> nature of these crops, and the need to have the mesclun, at least, virtually
> weed free, we do a lot of weeding. Especially in the late fall, early
> winter, and again in early spring.  We need smaller tools than those
> available.  For instance, the 3.5" stirrup hoe is too wide to weed between
> row of baby greens. Most hoes are. We could use a stirrup hoe that is 2" or
> so wide with a short handle (we sit or kneel for most of our weeding), or a
> collinear hoe that is less than 3" wide with a short handle (and a angle to
> facilitate the sitting position), you get the picture.  We are thinking
> about trying Johnny's new wire weeder, and cutting it down to what we need.
> Anyone seen a hand hoe, with a head small enough to weed baby veggies ?
> Thanks!
> Alison Wiediger
> Au Naturel Farm
> Smiths Grove, KY

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