Japanese Hand Hoe — How to Weed Your Garden Fast!

Japanese hand hoe–it’s a legit tool that makes weeding super easy. I’m so enthralled by it that I took video with my phone and created a YouTube channel so you can see how it works. The Japanese hand hoe cuts under the soil and cuts the roots of the weeds. As a follow-up to prevent them from coming back you just need to cover up the soil with black weed paper, mulch, or straw.

japanese hand hoe

I didn’t know this tool even existed until my landlord, who is an organic farmer, saw me weeding by hand one day and took pity on me. He brought me his and loaned it to me. I’m looking at some on Amazon when I decided to get around to ordering my own. They’re not expensive; the ones I’ve looked at are anywhere from $10-$25. 

What do you think? Have you ever used one of these? If so, why didn’t you tell me about it?!


How Many Seeds Does It Take

To grow a garden? I don’t know; has anyone ever counted the number it takes to grow a garden in xyz amount of space? That seems unlikely.  Here’s what I do know:  I bought about 30 packets of seeds today. (4/6/17)

UPDATE:  (4/26/17) Shortly after I began this post, my landlord decided for me that I couldn’t handle a garden that large and seeded 2/3 of it with grass seed. I’ll leave you to your own conclusions as to how I felt about that.

I’m now working with an apparently much more manageable area and have seeded one plot with different varieties of zinnia, and sowed marigold seeds (that I saved the past two years) all around the border of this newest iteration of backyard garden plot.

This weekend I’ll be re-mapping this garden. I had everything mapped out about 8 weeks ago, but life happens and things change and landlords have other ideas and…there you are.


April Showers

It’s April, and we have definitely had some showers. I sowed spinach, kale, and radishes a few weeks ago and they are popping up in the garden. Last Friday the Kroger outdoor display of pansies sucked me in and I bought some to brighten the front porch. The entire yard is full of violets anhad dandelions, and every other house I pass has tons of daffodils and hyacinths in bloom. Spring has sprung.

As I get back into the swing of blogging regularly again, I’m just going to post pretty randomly. Sometimes I’ll have time to upload and edit photos and sometimes I won’t. I’d rather post more frequently at this point then worry about SEO and whether something is post-worthy, and spend extra time making sure it’s perfect. I worried a lot about those things with my first attempt/first few years writing this blog and it was pointless. I’m just going to have fun with it now instead. It’s good to be posting again!

Aaaaaand I’m back!

Whatever happened to Her Emerald Thumb? I’m sure this was the question on everyone’s mind since last October, because it was just another boring fall with no election or anything.

A lot has changed in my life during these past few months, and I’m excited to share with you my new garden and adventures within it. The first iteration of Her Emerald Thumb is lost as I let my web hosting lapse, but if you would like to dig up any old posts, let me know and I can help you find them through the Wayback Machine, or you can search it yourself.

Stay tuned for lots of exciting additions to this site.