Not Your Average Gardening Tools: Chinese meat cleaver

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Not Your Average Gardening Tools

By Xeramtheum
August 11, 2014

I have a tendency to look at pretty much every sort of tool as a possible garden tool. Over the years I've tried out just about everything, but I have whittled it down to about 9 tools I use consistently.

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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Aug 10, 2014 8:42 PM CST
I used to prune my chokecherry and spirea with my meat cleaver. I would climb the tree and hang on with one hand and hack with the other. We didn't have too many strangers walk into our yard after seeing that display. I think they figured was nuts. But it worked well.
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iciris
Aug 10, 2014 9:41 PM CST
Using a dog poop scoop and small leaf rake. Its wonderful for cleaning up small rocks and leaves. Plus it's easy on your back since you don't have to bend.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 11, 2014 8:19 AM CST
Mary, I can't think of anything more scarier than you hanging from a tree with a meat cleaver! That's right up there with a scared woman with a claw hammer!

Phillip, I use one of those dustpans with the long handle on it the same way you use your poop scoop. Definitely a must for tired backs!
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 11, 2014 12:22 PM CST
You go, Mary Stella!

I bet your neighbors look up carefully any time they walk under overhanging trees.

I have enough hatchets and loppers that I save my thinner Chinese cleaver for splitting kindling down into fine tinder. When the grain of the wood is right, a thin-edged cleaver tapped with a wooden mallet can split or shave thin "shingles" off a block of wood, and then slice matchsticks from a sheaf of those "shingles".

I use a thicker, less classy cleaver to whack apart rotten fruit, melons and such that I bring home from a fruit stand's dumpster.

I have an hour-glass-shaped liqueur glass that has a little "belly" near the rim. That's great for counting medium and big seeds. I can tilt the glass and shake or scoop 5-20 seeds into the belly, and then count-while-dragging those seeds over the lip and into a tray.

I use white saucers to hold a few seeds while I'm sowing. That lets me see them clearly after I spread them around thinly so that a damp fingertip picks up only one seed at a time.

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Name: Carl Boro
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coboro
Aug 16, 2014 12:39 PM CST
As long as I can remember gardening, I have always had a cheap stainless steel butcher knife that I use when cutting apart seedlings in a flat. (My flat is 1/2 a milk carton split vertically.) I have several and usually find them at garage sales or the thrift store.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Aug 16, 2014 1:42 PM CST
You can get really awesome knives cheap at thrift stores .. they usually have them in a box behind the counter so ask. That's where I get all my knives for the garden.
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