How To Sharpen A Hoe

June 21, 2013

Gardening Tools

How often have you heard someone complain “hoeing is so haaaaaaaaard” or “I HATE HATE HATE weeding”?

Yeah, it’s not fun to weed. But it’s a lot easier if you have the right tools – and not only that, if you actually sharpen them. Have you sharpened your hatchets, machetes or shovels lately? I recently found this instructional video on sharpening a common garden hoe – check it out:

In a few minutes of shop time, he saved himself plenty of hard work. With a tool that sharp, weeding isn’t nearly the murderous chore it becomes with a dull tool. Sharpen your tools!

Then, instead of saying “hoeing is so haaaaaaaaard,” you’ll be saying “ooooowwwww…. I cut off my foot!”

Hopefully not… but it does make a big difference. Unless you’re building a food forest, gardening takes a lot of ongoing effort. Weeding isn’t just a good idea – it’s vital. The nutrients they consume are being taken away from your crop – and away from your dinner table. Don’t make it any more of a pain than it needs to be – any advantage you can give yourself is worthwhile. Though you don’t need to be able to slice a piece of paper with the edge of your hoe, it’s much better to have it too sharp than too dull.

As another side note – if you don’t have some good metal files lying around, get some. Most of us have old lousy files that are so dull they couldn’t smooth out a stick of butter. Grab a decent file, clean up your tools and go grow some calories.

Just like everything – work smarter, not harder.

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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2 Responses to “How To Sharpen A Hoe”

  1. Dean Says:

    Thanks for the video, I was hoe`in the weeds out of the garden this morning and would have had better luck with a butter knife. I’m off to sharpen it now great vid.


    • David Goodman Says:

      Thanks, Dean.

      A few years ago I read the excellent “Gardening When it Counts” by Steve Solomon. That really drove the “sharpen your tools” thought into my head. I took a file to my hoes and my shovels and went “whoa… why didn’t I think of this sooner???”


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