Tools and Stuff forum→Broadforks and usage

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Name: Kenny Shively
Rineyville, KY. region 10. (Zone 6b)
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Feb 14, 2021 4:01 PM CST
Hello everyone, was wondering if many of you use a broadfork for your garden? What length tines,how often it's used? Does it help your garden grow better? Smiling Just interested in others opinions. Thanks in advance. Smiling Thank You!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Feb 14, 2021 4:47 PM CST
I have never used one. Looks like it would be great to create beds and for redoing empty beds, but looks too "broad" for use in beds with plants. I would love to try one just to see how good it works.
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
Kansas 5b
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Mar 1, 2021 4:26 PM CST
Hello Larry,

I use a broadfork to loosen the soil deeper than I can with a spading fork. If a spading fork works deep enough to satisfy you, then you have no need for a broad fork.

In order to explore your soil situation, take a spade or post-hole digger and dig down as deep as your curiosity takes you. My Merry Tiller will till no deeper than about 8 inches for "regular" tilling in which I let the tiller keep moving forward at a reasonable pace. If I hold down on the drag stake, it can dig down maybe 12 inches. Tilling 12 inches deep is slow, as is manually spade-forking to 12 inches.

We seem to have a hardpan at about the 12 to 14 inch depth. I can "tickle" that hardpan with a broadfork, but that is slow exercise. A few years ago I saw a broadfork for sale that could penetrate to 24 inches or more, but for me that would be a frustrating encounter with hardpan and, in some places, tree roots. And I doubt that I am strong enough to use such a broadfork effectively. I actually have a couple of broadforks, but I get one of them out only when I want to get some strenuous exercise. Thumbs up

I tip my hat to you.
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