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.