MOTHER’s Product Picks for April/May 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors review the Valley Oak broadfork, Haws stainless steel rake, and the MOTHER EARTH NEWS garden planner.

Photo by Valley Oak Tool Company

Valley Oak Broadfork

$195 at Valley Oak Tool

The age-old adage “Work smarter, not harder” has few better applications than when breaking ground in a garden.

Broadforks allow you to put those words into practice by using the weight of your body to do the brunt of the work when you till, aerate, or work compost into your garden beds. And because you can do all the work while standing, breaking ground doesn’t have to break your back. The Valley Oak 5-Tine Steel Broadfork is a well-built example made right here in the United States. And while the handles are long enough to accommodate someone as tall as 6 feet 7 inches, it was easy enough for editor Russell Mullin’s 9-year-old nephew to use in previously worked ground. Mullin says, “After I showed him how to use it and set him loose in the garden, I could hardly convince him to come in to eat dinner.”

Now that’s the sign of a good garden tool.

Photo by Russell Mullin

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