Mon 12 May, 2014 06:32 am
Anyone ever use a broadfork in a garden? Was it difficult? Was it effective?
I am a small woman who is no longer young and who is not very well co-ordinated. The garden measures 20' x 24'. The soil is heavy clay and needs organic matter.
A broadfork is a device which features a bar placed low between two post like handles. Attached to the bar are downward facing spikes. The operator holds the handles and steps on the bar to lower the spikes into the ground and then slightly moves the bar to loosen and aerate the soil.
Put your plot description and phone number on a piece of paper, make about four copies and place one in four nearby garden and feed and seed center bulletin boards. Explain that you'd like it tilled and turned with topsoil/silt.
Here they are clearing the boat landing of the river and creek silt--first come first serve.
You'll find that the timed and drudge toil is worth the cost, and next year you'll be able to use the broadfork.