Converting a Bicycle into a Plow

The ingenuity of mankind never ceases to amaze me:

I like the bit where he throws all the old bike parts on the ground. But I find throwing things on the ground amusing – maybe that’s just me. Or not.
Basically, this fellow has created what’s known as a “wheel hoe” or a “wheel plow.” There was a company called Planet Jr. that used to make some really cool ones. Unfortunately, like many great businesses, they crumbled.

The wheel hoe is a really easy way to tend a large space since the wheel takes a lot of the work out of making furrows or hand hoeing. On the down side, it’s really only a good tool for traditional row gardening. If you’re attempting to cultivate a large space with hand tools, this is a big, big help. Short of owning draft animals, a wheel hoe is a labor-saver that’s hard to beat. I find it strange that the tool has almost disappeared from modern gardening.

I’ve looked at multiple wheel hoe designs, though I never made one from a bicycle. The wheel hoe I finally settled on was the Planet Whizbang model and it’s worked excellently for me (I write about it here). I saved a lot of money by making this version, plus fun to build your own garden tools

Though not as much fun as throwing things on the ground. Which reminds me… it’s almost time to go broadcast some buckwheat across my old potato patch.

“I throw buckwheat on the GROUND! It’s a green manure system! I’m an adult!”

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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