Today I'm talking about a really useful tool to keep weeds under control between the rows of the garden: the weeder.
For me it was a revelation, in its simplicity it is capable of speed up one of the most boring and frequent jobs in the garden: pulling weeds. I discovered it by looking for ways to pass between the rows of saffron plants and it immediately became an indispensable tool in all my small-scale crops. I recommend you try it because it allows you to do a job well and done it saves a lot of time and effort than tearing by hand.
The concept is a lot simple: in front there is a toothed roller, which breaks the clod, followed by a blade which, passing a couple of cm below the ground level, cuts the herbs at the root.
What is this tool for
There are many ways to live with wild herbs and keep them under control, first of all mulching, but it happens very often that you have to weed them out and a weeder is precious in this sense.
The weeder does a double job: on the one hand with the wheel it carries out a simple superficial tillage of the soil, on the other hand with the blade it acts as a real weeder, eliminating weeds.
The clod breaker work it is important because it allows the soil to oxygenate, breaking the surface crust which, as we have detailed, is really harmful for cultivation. Moving the earth is very important in general, bulb and root vegetables such as radishes, carrots, garlic and onions benefit particularly from this.
The control of weeds it is one of the heaviest jobs in the vegetable garden, it becomes especially important for plants that do not grow very tall, such as salads or spinach, and which therefore suffer more from competition from wild herbs.
How to use
The use of the clod breaker is very simple: he makes the wheel run by pushing the handle, at the same time, an inclination is held such as to make the blade go one or two centimeters below the ground. In this way the small scale herbs are sheared under the collar and usually eradicated.
The preventive passage of the wheel facilitates the sinking of the blade, which becomes much less tiring for the arms compared to the classic weeder. Plus the toothed wheel guide the work, allowing to pass with great precision near the cultivated seedlings without damaging them. There width 15cm makes it easy to move between the rows of vegetables, even those with fairly tight planting spans.
Weeding near plants is usually done by hand or with small tridents, being able to do it with a long-handled tool is obviously a relief for the back.
Obviously this tool has limitations: it must be used on already cultivated land, you cannot think of moving on to remove an uncultivated lawn or even use it to eradicate very grown herbs, which will be torn off one by one. Its ideal use is in a well-kept garden: passing through the lines once every 15 days the soil will be kept loose and clean, with excellent benefits for crops.
Where to find the weeder
I don't know why such a useful and intelligent tool is rather difficult to find, in my opinion every garden center should have it in the foreground.
I found the only tool produced by Wolf Garten, you can buy it online.
I do not know if there are other companies that make it, like all the tools made in Germany by this company, the weeder it is certainly not cheap, but it is of excellent quality.
It is part of the Multi-star modular system, you can find it for sale separately from the handle, so if you don't have any other tools in this line you must also buy the stick. The weeder is applicable to all Multi-star handles, I recommend you opt for one long enough (I chose the 170 cm ash one, there is also a 150 cm one which can still be fine, so to speak). The beauty of this handle is that you can also use it for other products of the same series, among which the hook cultivator and the seeder can be particularly useful.
A clarification for transparency: I recommend this tool because I think it is really useful, I have not been paid by the manufacturer to do it, he just provided me with the photos you see. If you purchase via the button below, however, I have an active affiliation, you can find more info on the transparency page, linked at the bottom of the site.
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Alessandro Vandini13 February 2019 at 10:28
Hi Matteo, the article was useful to me. I live in colina and before buying it I would like to ask you if it can also be used on sloping ground. Then I would like to know what the hook cultivator is that you mention in the article. Is the seeder only for small seeds?
I discovered your site today and it looks very well done to me. The transparency chapter made a very good impression on me. I think I will use it often from today. Compliments.
Matteo Cereda13 February 2019 at 10:45
Hi Alessandro, thanks for the compliments first. I'll try to answer you: the weeder can also be used on slopes, it is a manual tool, so you manage it with your arms and it has no problems from this point of view. If it is very sloping, however, it could cause the earth it moves to collapse and in the long run this is not good. The hook cultivator is a really simple tool (it is a hook) that can be used to break the soil, you find it as an application of the multi-star, the same system of tools to which the weeder belongs, but you can also self-produce it if you feel like doing some carpentry. The seeder is a bit of a toy, but it can speed up the direct seeding operation. I specify that I have seen it but never tried it, it has an internal adjustment that allows you to manage different sizes of seeds, up to the peas I think we are there, but the beans are not. If you want to sow a large plot, however, there are much more performing tools, such as the wheel seeder.
anthony17 February 2019 at 18:06
nice tool for vegetable garden fprse I'll buy it in 2 months thanks for the suggestion for the new tool
Ermando12 May 2019 at 16:54
Hello everyone, I bought it and I must say that it is really very useful
biagio schiavone22 April 2020 at 17:39
I bought it and it is actually fantastic, at least on the soil of my volcanic garden. Excellent purchase
Giulio26 April 2020 at 21:57
Good evening Matteo, would you recommend this tool for professional use? And more generally would you recommend multi-star technology for professional use? My doubts are at the point of application and in particular whether this remains sufficiently firm in the use of the various applications and whether various attachments / detachments can weaken it and thus make it less stable in use. Thanks and congratulations for your beautiful and very useful dissemination work ...
Matteo Cereda27 April 2020 at 0:49
The multistar is solid and well thought out and I met this weeder on the advice of a farmer who grows saffron. So in my opinion that's fine. For professional use, however, there are other wonderful things, if you see Officina Walden, one above all is the grower cycle.
Renzo Rosa1 May 2020 at 21:28
Hello everyone, sorry, semi-permissible but the clod breaker is useless for me, on the contrary ... it is a tool that I have now abandoned, as long as the ground is not very damp and becomes useless because the earth remains attached to the fins and yes forms a patch., you have to beat it to make it fall ... If the earth is too dry, it does not break, in short as far as I'm concerned, thumbs down ... But I add that not all lands are the same so it may be that I am particularly unlucky, so ... Good vegetable garden to all ...
Matteo Cereda2 May 2020 at 0:14
Hi Renzo, do you think that even on fairly clayey soil I find that the clod breaker with weeder that follows is ideal. If the earth is dry and does not break with the wheel, the following blade takes care of the first pass. On the second pass the result is top. Then if you keep it passed between the rows with good regularity it keeps the earth workable enough to make very little effort.
katherine9 September 2020 at 21:20
I feel like smiling. in a clayey soil, and by definition compact, as are many areas of the Po Valley, any manual agricultural tool with such thin blades, even of (soft) steel, is impossible to hoe a turf in the Summer and, from experience, the blades they bend when the tool is pushed deep. that is, you really make it work. Either you use a classic heavy hoe with elbow grease or a real two-wheel tractor. Miracles and marketing have the same nature.
Matteo Cereda9 September 2020 at 21:34
Hi Katherine, I'm glad to make you smile.
I cultivate in the Po Valley and I have used this tool often and willingly. Of course, you don't have to think about weeding turf: it is a tool designed for quick but very frequent inter-row passages. It must therefore turn in a previously worked land and its task is to keep it worked (as well as clean). The herbs it deals with must be small, but if it is used often it is its use itself that keeps them that way. On a clayey soil the frequent passage of the clod breaker is very important, precisely because it avoids the formation of a compact crust that damages the roots by asphyxiation.
I guess you have never tried to use this weeder because you talk about the blade that goes deep, in reality the blade is floating: if it finds an obstacle it moves before being damaged. It is certainly not designed to go to the bottom, being tilting it stops a couple of cm below the ground level and then proceeds parallel to the ground.
The weeder does not replace the heavy hoe and even less the walking tractor, they are different things that are used for different purposes. The clod breaker can pass between the rows of salads, onions, carrots, radishes, during cultivation. The cultivator, on the other hand, uses it before putting the crops in the processing of the plot.
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