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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 16, 2014 3:09 PM CST
I like Huskers Red too, and have some in another bed. I'm too OCD about colors, the pale pink blooms would bug me in my bed of "fire colors", LOL. I loved the yellow blooms of the Lysimachia there, but thugs gotta go. I widened the whole bed this fall, and have considered a couple of bronze leaved, small shrubs to serve as a background.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Nov 16, 2014 3:23 PM CST
Back here after a morning of pulling weeds by hand. It's been a week since it rained and the ground is
perfect for both planting and weeding - although I've stopped planting irises. These cold mornings are telling
me that winter is coming.
I have a nifty long-handled Japanese tool with a small triangular head that is good for some weeds, but the stubborn ones
are best removed by my hands. Of course, my hands and fingernails suffer a bit, but it's so satisfying to clear
the area!
I never, and I mean NEVER, use herbicides on our land. It seems like a sin to me.
let the mystery be
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Nov 16, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Jan -- can you show us a picture of your Japanese weeding tool? And tell us where you got it?
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Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
Nov 16, 2014 7:32 PM CST
I think this is the tool Jan is talking about. It is about 15 inches long and has a slight bend to it. It is good on weeds with deep tap roots... like dandelions. Sink it next to the plants tap root and give it a twist and it should pop out. Got this one from my Grandma.
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Not the best pic...Got to clean the crud off it also...it is good at stirring things when it's at arms length away. Smiling
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Nov 16, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Mary Ann - I'll take a picture of it tomorrow, and ask where DH got it.

Ken that's not like mine. Does yours work well?
let the mystery be
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Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
Nov 16, 2014 8:47 PM CST
Works good on weeds with a tap root. I mainly use it on dandelions in the lawn.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Nov 16, 2014 10:04 PM CST
Hi Ken -- I've seen weeding tools like that one before. I think they advertise them as good for dandelions, don't they?

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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Nov 17, 2014 12:13 AM CST
My once-a-month garden guy uses one of these:
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Is this what you have, Jan?
(sorry, when you click on the picture, the whole thing does show)

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 17, 2014 5:04 AM CST
I have a Japanese garden knife that I got as a gift from Brett for some irises I sent him. I don't have a picture of it, but it is a really handy tool in the garden for weeding, dividing irises, or thinning them. I use it a lot. It is like a knife with a serrated edge on one side, and a sharp edge on the other, and a nice pointed end for digging and weeding. I also have a sharp pointed small shovel that my dad made years ago to dig up small trees to transplant that is very handy.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Nov 17, 2014 7:21 AM CST
Interesting tool Sherry -- I'm having a hard time seeing it clearly because it's laying on its side, right?
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Nov 17, 2014 11:13 AM CST
Good morning everyone!
Here's some shots of my long-handled handy-dandy weeding tool. Chris thinks he got it
years ago from Smith & Hawken.

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He says he's got his eye on a weeder by Eliot Coleman. Thinking it might make a good Christmas
present. He gave me a Hawes watering can for my birthday. Smiling

let the mystery be
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Nov 17, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Mary Ann, I think it's the angle of the blade, and the plastic shield that make it hard to see clearly. Try this (with a bit longer handle): https://store.kaufmann-mercant...
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Nov 17, 2014 11:58 AM CST
I have a hoe just like that, Jan, and it IS a handy tool.....you can get in real close to the plants. I also use an old "butcher knife' a lot in the garden, as Tom said, the pointed end is pretty good for "popping" them out of the ground.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Nov 17, 2014 12:13 PM CST
Arlyn, I like that it gets in close to the plants too. Since I've kind of taken it over for my irises, I just ordered
an Eliot Coleman collinear hoe for hubs for Christmas - from Johnny's Seeds. Chris has a big vegetable garden.
let the mystery be
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Nov 17, 2014 1:26 PM CST
I have a hoe very similar to it that I made ,several years ago. The difference being the "home made " one is narrower at the top.....I'll post a picture of it in a few days...it's way to cold and windy to walk down to the garage to get it !!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 17, 2014 3:05 PM CST
this thread seems to have morphed into a tool thread. OK, but confusing.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Nov 17, 2014 3:40 PM CST
Mea Culpa, Lucy!
let the mystery be
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Nov 17, 2014 4:11 PM CST
With this level of interest, could start a "What tools do you use?" thread...
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 17, 2014 4:24 PM CST

Moderator

There's a whole forum for it right here:

http://garden.org/forums/view/...
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Nov 17, 2014 4:46 PM CST
Tom, the tool you are describing is a Hori knife and it is my favorite garden tool. Although there are many other tools for specialized uses this is the one I (try to remember to *Blush* ) grab when I make my rounds of the garden.

I'll have to catch up on posting my TJ and PB irises when I get home. Some of you may hate me for saying this but I'm posting on a tablet while enjoying the sunny Mazatlan beach! The internet signal is lousy so it's a slow and tedious process to post anything. I have really been enjoying the photos some of you posted! Smiling

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