Implements_And_Their_Uses by marcusjames

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									Title:
Implements And Their Uses

Word Count:
545

Summary:
It may seem to the reader that it is all very well to make a garden with
a pencil, but that the work of transferring it to the soil must be quite
another problem and one entailing so much work that he will leave it to
the professional market gardener.


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small garden, fork, familiar, ground, ground especially soil, especially
soil, soil turfy


Article Body:
It may seem to the reader that it is all very well to make a garden with
a pencil, but that the work of transferring it to the soil must be quite
another problem and one entailing so much work that he will leave it to
the professional market gardener.

He possibly pictures to himself some bent-kneed and stoop-shouldered man
with the hoe, and decides that after all there is too much work in the
garden game. What a revelation would be in store for him if he could
witness one day's operations in a modern market garden! Very likely
indeed not a hoe would be seen during the entire visit. Modern
implements, within less than a generation, have revolutionized gardening.

This is true of the small garden as certainly as of the large one: in
fact, in proportion I am not sure but that it is more so--because of the
second wonderful thing about modern garden tools, that is, the low prices
at which they can be bought, considering the enormous percentage of labor
saved in ccomplishing results. There is nothing in the way of expense to
prevent even the most modest gardener acquiring, during a few years, by
the judicious expenditure of but a few dollars annually, a very complete
outfit of tools that will handsomely repay their cost.

While some garden tools have been improved and developed out of all
resemblance to their original forms, others have changed little in
generations, and in probability will remain ever with us. There is a
thing or two to say about even the simplest of them, however,--especially
to anyone not familiar with their uses.
There are tools for use in every phase of horticultural operations; for
preparing the ground, for planting the seed, for cultivation, for
protecting crops from insects and disease, and for harvesting.

First of all comes the ancient and honorable spade, which, for small
garden plots, borders, beds, etc., must still be relied upon for the
initial operation in gardening--breaking up the soil. There are several
types, but any will answer the purpose.

In buying a spade look out for two things: see that it is well strapped
up the handle in front and back, and that it hangs well. In spading up
ground, especially soil that is turfy or hard, the work may be made
easier by taking a strip not quite twice as wide as the spade, and making
diagonal cuts so that one vertical edge of the spade at each thrust cuts
clean out to where the soil has already been dug.

The wide-tined spading-fork is frequently used instead of the spade, as
it is lighter and can be more advantageously used to break up lumps and
level off surfaces. In most soils it will do this work as well, if not
better, than the spade and has the further good quality of being
serviceable as a fork too, thus combining two tools in one. It should be
more generally known and used.

With the ordinary fork, used for handling manure and gathering up trash,
weeds, etc., every gardener is familiar. The type with oval, slightly up-
curved tines, five or six in number, and a D handle, is the most
convenient and comfortable for garden use.

								
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