Over the years, I have seen some Valley Oak broadforks and wheel hoes unnecessarily fall into a state of disrepair. Here's what you can do to keep your Valley Oak wheel hoe or broadfork operating like the champ it is, for many years to come:
The broadfork is such a versatile tool on the farm or in the garden. They make for great soil preparation, or course, aerating the soil, and for mixing in amendments and compost. The 7 Tine Harvest Broadfork is also an extremely useful tool for harvesting crops like potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, and beets.
Springtime for gardeners means planting, weeding, and enjoying the beauty of flowers and new veggie plants. It can also involve dealing with such unpleasant visitors as aphids, gophers, slugs, snails and marauding scrub jays pecking away at just-ripening fruit.
This time of year finds us in a bit of a cold spell after some warm, sunny days. Gardeners with greenhouses can be starting seeds of tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Direct seeding of beets, kale, radishes, carrots, potatoes, chard, collards, peas (best if pre-sprouted at this date), and spinach, can be done now. Think of all those delicious, tender greens that you can harvest in late spring.
In our gardens we're working on pruning our deciduous fruit trees. We're also planting bare root fruit trees, grape vines, strawberries, and berry canes. Using our Valley Oak Tool Co. broadfork to loosen the soil makes planting much easier. We’re also keeping an eye on diseases and insect pests.