Build Your Own Weeder

By Charlie Nardozzi

The wheel hoe is a nifty, hand-powered weeder that is great for slicing off weeds at the soil line. It features a wheel attached to a metal frame with a sharp blade and wooden handles. If you're growing straight rows of cut flowers, vegetables, or fruits, this simple hoe can save lots of time and energy as you push it down the rows to weed. Unfortunately, it's pricey when bought new.

If you're handy there is a cheaper way to have a wheel hoe: build it yourself. The Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe instructions and kit are available on-line. If you're good at metal- and wood-working you can download the instructions with photos for free. However, most people will want to buy the hardware kit that comes along with the instructions. With easy-to-follow, online assembly directions, the kit allows you to build your own wheel hoe with an 8-inch oscillating stirrup blade at less cost than buying one new. It's a great winter project!

For more information on building your own wheel hoe, go to: Planet Whizbang

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