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Best garden trowel?

using a trake to plant Fall cabbage

We planted some Fall cabbage today.

The Trake continues to be our favorite trowel and rake garden tool.

In the early days we only had one and ended up fighting over it. That problem was easily fixed by ordering another one.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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My husband and I absolutely love this tool! We got one when we were living in California and it was one of the items that we never choose to part with. We brought it with us when we moved (everything we owned fit into a sedan) to Florida. We also brought it with us in our suitcase when we moved to Brasil. Here in Brasil people use their bare hands or old water bottles and waste found on the street as their tools. Although its a good use for what would otherwise be garbage, bottles certainly aren't an appropriate tool for the job. This trowel makes the gardening experience so much easier, more comfortable, and it's super ergonomic. I wish that tools like this were available for Brasilians too, it would drastically improve their interactions with the Earth.

I love reading your blog by the way. You always keep your posts short and sweet, this always motivates me to read the whole thing. So many other permaculture and homesteading blogs blab on and on and on with large blocks of text. Yeah they're great at permaculture but have no idea of how to keep readers interested. Your site is a perfect mixture of through information while keeping it light and easy to consume. Thanks! Keep up the awesome posts and happy homesteading/trailersteading to you and your wife :)

Comment by Kate Mascarenhas Sat Jul 12 08:54:26 2014
Mark needs to take up blacksmithing and forge some trowels from used lawnmower blades! Since you are living all "Foxfire" in the holler!
Comment by Eric Sun Jul 13 17:59:03 2014
This is really good trowel. I love it.
Comment by Daniel Wed Feb 11 04:54:22 2015

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