Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Traveling Digging Fork

I am reading several blogs that are showing off their garden hoes and calling it a "Hoe Down", but I don't own a hoe...imagine that! I do however own a digging fork that gets quite a work out, the proof is in the pictures. The fork has recently been traveling around between my garden and Michael's garden making photographic appearances. Who knows where it will go in the future!

In my lazy X garden the fork was busy digging out an old lavender that didn't quite make it through the winter and digging in some compost. I hate rototillers and find my digging fork does most anything a noisy old rototiller can do with just a little muscle from me!

In Michael's garden the fork had to do some digging out of some invasive perennials. He was testing out a few things for the nursery last year and several proved to be quite invasive. One for example was the beautiful lime green artemesia called 'Lime-Light'. It is still coming up even after the fork got to it. Some of the other tough to get rid of trials were Creeping Ranunculus (this is tough and can go FAR), and Ribbon Grass. I think the fork will be put to work several more times on some of these. Such a hardworking old friend really should have a name don't you think? We will be working on that!


Crafty Gardener said...

Perhaps we'll see more photos of that travelling fork in other gardens.

Lori said...

I don't have a hoe either. The only way I can make a dent in our black clay is with a garden fork (or a pick-ax if it hasn't rained in awhile).

I wish you would turn your comments on so we could put in our name and URLs.

kate said...

I have a feeling we'll be seeing more photographs of the fork in both your gardens. It was fun to see ...

Esther Montgomery said...

We have a Rosemary Bush that I've been 'nursing' through the last three years.

Like your lavender, it gave up over winter.

It is like an old friend going and we are feeling fortunate that we have a cutting from it which seems to be doing ok.

(Our fork is disreputable and ancient.)


P.S. Came across you through Blotanical.

Tina said...

I used to have that creeping buttercup (ranunculus) at an old house years ago, tough stuff! That ribbon grass (phalaris) can be mighty invasive as well.

Esther Montgomery said...

Hello Ferne

Thank you for putting my blog ESTHER IN THE GARDEN on your list of Favourite Blotanical Blogs.

I really do appreciate it and feel very honoured.

However . . . and if you want to remove me from your list after you have read the next bit . . . be assured I won't be offended.

I realise there is an element of reciprocity with Blotanical. But I'm taking a slightly idiosyncratic approach and have decided I will only be putting blogs on my list if I have been reading and enjoying them for a bit - so they can be genuine recommendations.

(The only one I have on my list so far is Rosa-Sinensis and I have been reading her posts for a while now - before joining Blotanical.)

None the less I wouldn't want you to miss out on points if you are collecting them!

Therefore, I will drop by your plot several times over the next few days and leave a short note. I haven't quite fathomed the system yet - but I do know that will add some points to your tally - as a 'thank you' for 'putting me on your list'!

Best wishes

Esther Montgomery

P.S. Last night, I went to sleep with the picture of your plank paths in my mind. It is a lovely, tranquil - and yet efficient - image!

Barbee' said...

Are you taking suggestions for naming the fork?

If so, I suggest "Fred". :)