Is your small garden in need of tilling?
Tilling is a crucial part of growing your own vegetables in your garden.
Tilling helps to mix the soil which increases the amount of water and nutrients that can get into your plants. It also breaks up chunks of dirt, which makes it easier for roots to grow through the ground.
Tillers are expensive, but luckily there are other ways to till the soil without using one. This blog post will discuss how to do this and what tools you can use to get the job done.
Manual tilling is quite simple to do, but it takes time and effort but is an inexpensive option for you.
There are many tools that can help with manual tilling including shovels, hoes, forks, and rakes. These tools should all be equipped with long handles to make the job a little easier.
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Manual Wheel Hoe
This is one of the cheapest tools that can be used to till a small garden. The manual wheel hoe works by using two wheels with metal blades attached in between them. You walk backward and forwards, which turns the soil over like a rototiller would do.
There are 5 basic parts of MWH which are the fork, bar, spade, wheel, and handle. The fork is located at one end of the bar. Spade is connected to the fork through a hinge, and both of them are connected to the handle (bar) where they can rotate and oscillate. The wheel with the axle is attached to the other end of the spade and can move freely forward and backward on its axis.
The force you apply on the handle produces a force on the fork which pushes down onto the soil and creates friction between it and the earth. When more force is applied, the deeper your bar goes and less effort needs to be exerted to pull out the bar from the soil.
The Garden Weasel is a manual tool that can be used to till your soil. It helps break up compacted dirt and mixes the top layers of soil with subsoil, which encourages plant growth.
The Garden Weasel cuts through soil, sod, and roots with its sturdy stainless steel blade that is set at an angle to the handle. As the roller turns, dirt or clay is forced into the space between the blade and the counterweight. The cutting motion of the inverted V-blade allows both points of the Weasel to penetrate deeper into the soil than a conventional digging fork.
The tilling spade is another affordable option that can be used for manual tilling. It has a blade on one side and an adze (flat hammerhead) on the other making it easier to turn over soil compared with using just a shovel or rake.
Intended to aid farmers in the efficient tilling of the soil, this spade has a medium-length handle with a blade that is best described as “wide”. The sides are concave and angle out towards the top where they join into an edge. The blade seems made entirely of metal but doesn’t feel heavy even when struck against a rock.
Hoe for Manual Tilling:
As well as having a handle on the spade, some hoes also have handles making it easier for you to turn over your soil.
It is important when manual tilling that you do not make large holes in your garden because this may cause water to drain away from the plants and they will become dry more easily which can decrease the number of nutrients they receive.
Another option for tilling your garden is by using a rake to do the job instead of other tools such as shovels and hoes. Rakes can be used to turn over dirt, but their teeth should not be too sharp otherwise it will cause more damage than good.
When you are raking your soil, you should use a gentle push-pull motion to do the job properly.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!