This is the tool for easy digging all around the garden and farm. Used by small farmers around the world daily, (including me) this tool is the quickest way to dig and cultivate large areas of ground with the least effort.
Some of the many uses of these hoes are:
Maintaining raised beds

Maintaining row crops

 Making raised beds                                          Mounding potatoes and leeks                    Chopping in green manures                        Grubbing out weeds                                  Clearing paths and garden edges               Digging and clearing drainage channels
“Hoe received this morning. been using it for whole day working. very very helpful tool, so good, thank you very much…..” Rod, Christchurch
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Short vs long handles

Short vs long handles

The grub hoe (which has many names – adaza, jembe, mamooty..) is used all around the world by millions of small farmers everyday. I imported the heads after looking all over New Zealand to find one for use in my own market garden, and not finding them anywhere. I had the handles made in Christchurch and have been using them every day in my own garden. They are the tool that I couldn’t be without, I am able to accomplish more in a shorter time with less back ache than I ever could with a spade.
The hoe heads are made of solid forged steel and the ash handles are either 150cm or 120cm long. The shorter handles are not just for shorter people – some people find that when they have a lot of ground to clear and are swinging the hoe around, a shorter handle is easier to manage and less cumbersome – even though you may have to bend a little more.
Grub Hoe

This is the standard, all purpose model. Its suitable for working on rough weedy ground and throughout the veggie garden.



Trenching Hoe
 The trenching hoe is longer and narrower than a grub hoe, making it more suited to digging and edging and for working in heavy and stoney soils.



 Grape Hoe

The grape hoe is slightly different in that the head is at a shallower angle, making it suited to work the surface of the soil. Its wider and lighter than the grub and trenching hoes making it easy to slice and clear large areas of ground along row crops or under fruit trees, where the ground is already cultivated. Its less suited to heavy grubbing of weeds.
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See in less than 3 minutes the range of different jobs you can do with the three hoes, filmed throughout the year in different areas of the garden.

This is how easy it is to turn in a green manure with a grape hoe


Which Hoe is Best For Me?

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The angle of the grape hoe compared to the grub hoe


 “I have made use of the grape hoes and found them to be very good…to clear regrowth weeds from soil that has been tilled and weeds close to the base of the vine…. they can be used at speed, without bending over – really good if you are working for a few hours.” Guy, Bellbird Spring Vineyard, Amberley.
Care and Maintenance of Hoes 
These hoes should last a lifetime with the proper basic care, such as wiping down the head and the handles with a damp rag after each use and not leaving them out in the rain. The head may start to rust if left to get wet in which case the best thing is to immediately dry it thoroughly and lightly sand the rust away with a metal sandpaper. The edge usually stays sharp simply through use, but it can chip if it hits rock or woody roots in which case it can be filed smooth.
How Not to Break the HandleTurning in Green Manure
It’s very tempting to try to lever huge clumps of weeds out by slicing the head underneath and then leveraging the handle to pop the weed out as if it was a crow bar. Although the handles are strong, they will snap if they are used like this too often. Its far better to keep the blade really sharp and get a good swing going to lift weeds out the ground. Short handles are better suited to being used like this. If you should snap the handle and would like a replacement, I always have spares!
How to Keep the Head on the Handle
The head may over time become loose on the handle. Unfortunately, because of the very small taper of the hole, it’s tricky to get a permanent fix of the head onto the handle. This is the best advice I have at this point, but will always update these details should I find out more: If the head starts to become loose, even just a millimetre of movement, whack the head on as far as you can with a hammer. I have used epoxy resin and epoxy glue to fill in any gaps and you may wish to give it another coat if the head becomes loose.
Making furrows for pea seed

Making furrows for pea seed

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