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Favorite Tool: The Winged Weeder
Reprinted from: March/April 2010 Volume 101, Number 2
Photo: Kay Harry
I would have given anything, as a child, to have owned this tool to use in our family garden in Pennsylvania. No matter how carefully I tried to work, there would be the accidental chopping of a bean, corn or potato seedling along with the weeds. This offended my childhood desire to “do it right and be careful” - as well as upsetting my grandmother.
A short demonstration by a vendor at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show caught my attention. This tool would have solved my childhood problem and would certainly make weeding easier in my present garden.
You can see why the hoe is called the Winged Weeder from the photo. With one point down I can get incredibly close to a precious seedling without eliminating it. With the two prongs down, it is somewhat like a hoe except that the prongs help me dig deeper and cover more territory.
The handle is wood but it is light weight. The manufacturer, Fisher Industries Inc., makes the tool with different size blades and handles, including a short and new telescoping handle.
Winged Weeder prices range from $11 to $17, plus shipping. They can be ordered at www.doitbest.com. Check to see if the tool can be shipped for free to an affiliated store in your area by entering your zip code in the store locator on the Do It Best home page. – Kay Harry
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