what tools do I need?

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Aunt Sally

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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2009, 16:02 »
They're not like that they only have a blade on one side and it's quite wide.  More like a grub hoe.

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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2009, 16:07 »
I like my azada but it is fundamentally a mattock, which you can get cheaper
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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2009, 16:13 »
Can someone confirm that an Azada is just a fancy or trade name for an Adze or even a grubbing Mattock, a tool that has been around for hundreds of years?

And Adzes were always on a pick handle!


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azada is Spanish for hoe.  The handle fixing is designed to fit a convenient branch which the user would find, cut, fit and dig. Maybe the fresh branch would absorb the shocks where the seasoned one transmits it. I don't have trouble with shocks through the handle. I use light cuts, and if I need more effort, I get it moving fast towards the ground, then relax my grip just as it hits the ground. I don't want all that energy up my arms.

Those easydigging tools show much longer handle than are sold in the UK. That may make all the difference.  Chillington sell shortish handles. I will make some longer handles.
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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2009, 17:16 »
For clearing the top growth of weeds and grass I prefer to wait until it has rained or the ground is softer and then use a sharp spade to skim the surface off. Once you have the knack (it took me a while) it is quick and easy.  ;)

Then dig the lot through bit at a time to clear the ground of roots.
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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2009, 17:33 »
............. use a sharp spade to skim the surface off. Once you have the knack (it took me a while) it is quick and easy.  ;)

That's ok when you are young/agile/fit or all three.  ;)

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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2009, 17:36 »
For clearing the top growth of weeds and grass I prefer to wait until it has rained or the ground is softer and then use a sharp spade to skim the surface off. Once you have the knack (it took me a while) it is quick and easy.  ;)

Then dig the lot through bit at a time to clear the ground of roots.

That's what I did to my first plot 3 years ago.  It certainly caused me less pain  :lol:

And Oldbean, Aunty is NOT young 300+ at least  ;)

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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2009, 18:47 »
............. use a sharp spade to skim the surface off. Once you have the knack (it took me a while) it is quick and easy.  ;)

That's ok when you are young/agile/fit or all three.  ;)

True... my dad, at 94, now leaves this for me to do.  ;)

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Re: what tools do I need?
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2009, 19:11 »
think I will stick to Mattock as it's a perfectly good English word for a better looking tool (Proper handle).



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