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6/5/13 12:18 A

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I use a tiller to prepare the soil, a Mantis. LOL. My husband does the first tilling with a big tiller I sometimes take to Mantis through just to make it a little better. I like the Mantis tiller. It is small and easy to handle and really does a good job to be as small as it is.
I usually never run the tiller in the garden after that.

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6/3/13 4:18 P

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It is KNOWN not to trust me with a knife. I do admirably well with a chain saw. Go figure! I cut my hand in half (really) when I was 15 with a butchers knife. Had it been a cleaver, I guess it would've been all the way. Yikes!

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6/3/13 4:11 P

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Oh, well, that's one piece of equipment that I'll try to steer clear of as I seem to always be cutting myself with my kitchen knives or scissors!

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6/3/13 3:39 P

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The trick is you have to pick up the rotor blades OUT of the soil to turn it (or stop them churning earth 18" down). To do that at my height, means lifting it to the tippy top as high as I can then slinging (almost like swinging from it -- but you can't cos gravity would pull it back down) my weight over and over til it's in the right direction.

I can use the husqvarna chain saw much easier ;p

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6/3/13 3:31 P

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Well - not the lawn but the gardens, flowers & veggies! LOL. Bet you've got some major shoulder/arm strength!!

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Oh, gosh. For landscaping, I'd use the John Deere!

I can't imagine trying to do a lawn with the tiller. It's highjinx just getting it around the garden (I'm 5'2" and you have to WRANGLE that thing).

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6/3/13 2:31 P

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Jeff Lowenfels is a local expert here in South Central Alaska. He actually recommends not tilling after the soil is prepared - he says you disturb the "soil web". What do you think or have you heard this term before?

LILY_SPARK that is one big tiller!! I would have love to have had that one 5 years ago when we were landscaping our newly cleared land.

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6/3/13 1:50 P

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I will have to look into this tool. I do a lot of the work in our garden and anything that is easier would be great

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6/3/13 11:42 A

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Interesting!

I use the tools that I grew up using, mostly handed down from grandparents (we re-handle tools).

While we have the more traditional 'rectangle' hoe, we also have something along the same lines but not as thin. It's like an inverted triangle (maybe 2 inches at widest?).

I hardly use hoes since our area is large. I tend to till. Here's ours! www.troybilt.com/equipment/troybilt/
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That leaves very little need for hoeing unless I'm VERY close to the bottom of a plant and I'll often use a hand spade for that, since it's so close.

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6/3/13 10:54 A

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I purchased a Cobra Head Hand Hoe a couple of weeks ago. This is the most amazing tool I have ever used in all my years of gardening. I have used it to weed it works fantastic. I have hoed my entire garden with it. You can dig holes deep and quick even in hard soil. Make rows. Hoe between seedlings. This thing is truly amazing. There is also one available with a long handle. I bought my Cobra Head Hand Hoe from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: www.rareseeds.com. Both the hand hoe and the long handle Cobra Head are available from www.cobrahead.com. They even offer a package deal if you buy both.
When I first saw the hand hoe when I took it out of the package; I must say I was sceptical. It was much smaller than I expected. I changed my mind as soon as I took it to the garden. I used it for hours. The first day I wore the paint off of it.
The handle is ergonomically designed and does not cause carple tunnel or arthritis to act up, even if you use it for hours. I was very impressed with that. I also thought using a hand hoe really might make my back hurt. I have back problems. Again I was surprised. The hoe is curved in a way that it us very easy to use and easy on the body.
I have shown and demonstrated my Cobra Head to every one I know. It was money well spent. This is one product that does everything it is advertised to do and more.


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