Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Soil Knife

Ward and I have been working in the yard this weekend doing some mowing, planting, pruning, and just general clean up. And the whole time I was never without our handy, dandy soil knife. That is I was never without it unless Ward was using it. It is just that handy. Below is a previous post about the knife that gives a little more information. It might be a good present for Father's Day for those dad's who like to garden. 

Ward's new soil knife

I have a new favorite garden tool.  It cuts, it digs, it measures, it saws, it makes coffee. Well, actually I'm not sure about the coffee part, but it might. What is it? A soil knife also known as a hori hori knife.  The miracle tool is the shape of narrow trowel with a sharp knife edge on one side and a saw-tooth edge on the other. The one we have is also marked off in inches for measuring.

Apparently, it's been around for a long time. It was first implemented in Japan to dig mountain vegetables. (Thus the original name of hori hori which means "to dig" in Japanese.) However, I only heard of it recently when Aunt Martha suggested that Ward might like one for his birthday. I got it for him, but I felt like when I was a kid and for my sister's birthday bought what I really wanted. Ward has gotten to use it a few times, but I have had it out almost every day.

Each time I use it, I find another thing it does better than any tool I've used before. It makes digging very easy. Its sharp blade cuts into hard soil almost effortlessly. And if you run into roots while you're digging--no problem. You can saw right through them. You can measure the depth of your hole when you are planting, and it cuts better than any razor blade I've ever used when opening a bag of mulch. I love it. The only problem is that Theodore has discovered it too. Maybe Ward needs another one for Father's Day.


  1. This sounds like a great idea! It's time to plant flowers--gotta go buy some this week.

    1. We got most of our annuals in this weekend. I'd like to do more, but we're good to go as is.


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