Draw vs Dutch hoes

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Salmo

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Re: Draw vs Dutch hoes
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2009, 15:12 »
He also had a 12 inch wide push hoe with a tee handle for weeding between rows of sugar beet.

Larkshall - this is a breast hoe. Easier to push with a rope on the front attached to the little woman.

I can just remember seeing one of these used by a smallholder near Ramsey. Between the rows was weeded and then the men would gap the sugar beet to about 9 inches with a wide hoe.  The women/children would follow on their hands and knees singling out the clusters of sugar beet. Similar process with onions.

Although it was nice to see a big gang working their way across a field it was backbreaking work. These were certainly not the good old days.

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Re: Draw vs Dutch hoes
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2009, 21:56 »
Hi Salmo.
My family came from Manea and before that, Downham Market.

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Re: Draw vs Dutch hoes
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2009, 10:27 »
Moved a long way then! How do you cope with the altitude?

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Re: Draw vs Dutch hoes
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2009, 19:22 »
this weekend i'm going to buy a shave hook and stick it onto a handle  ;) i'm not paying 30 for a diamond hoe .watch this space  :)
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