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have you heard of a "Chinese Weeder"

Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

I will start by saying that I am not sure that is the name of it. A friend of mine has this tool. I used it the other night to weed with and really took a liking to it. She said she thought it was called a chinese weeder. She also said she thought she had gotten it from a book called The Pinetree.

It is a hand held tool. Shaped sort of like a farm plow shoe only smaller of coarse. The handle is rather short and curved back kinda ontop the shoe part but, off to the side.

I've never seen one of them before and would sure appreciate any help that you might be able to give me.
If I am not able to find it ... I am gonna try to get a picture of it next time I am at my friends house.
Thank you in advance.

Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

Well, I actually found it ! It is in the Pinetree Catalog and is called an "oriental garden tool" #H151 (if anyone wants to know)

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San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

It's also known as a Ho Mi and comes in both short and long handled versions. It is reportedly of Korean origin. I use mine a lot! Useful for making seed furrows, too.

Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

According to the tag that came with mine it is supposed to be quite handy for planting.
LOL, when I first was looking for a chinese weeder I got about a million items on geese ! I didn't even know there were chinese weeder geese.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Lee Valley Tools also sells the Ho Mi.

I have used one for years - actually I think I have had 3 of them. Be sure to paint the handle a bright color or you will lose it in the garden! I didnt like the long one much and had the handle cut down.


Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

Good advice Carol,
In the short time that I have had mine - I have already had to look real hard to find it. Orange should be good don'tcha think ?

Sumner, WA(Zone 8a)

Does it look anything like this?

This is a Korean Hand Plow.
I love it...works great for gardening!

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Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

I think mine has a bit more of a curve on the handle. Other than the handle it looks like it. I didn't think to take a picture of it. I'll try to get a pic to post if I remember.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I don't think I could garden without mine! LOL... I also got mine from Pinetree... ordered a spare a couple years later. I had a friend take mine to a grinding wheel and put a really good edge on it, which I keep sharpened with a file like you would keep a good edge on a shovel, and it makes a WORLD of difference.

Wonderful for whacking down to dig out a dandylion (sp?) while weeding... making a furrow for sowing seed, wedging out a stubborn rock, useful for sticking in clumps of plants to divide... geez, so many things I cannot think of them all. I did have their long handled version too, but my Mom broke it pretty easily. But, I have been using the original hand held one now for at least 10 years.

I've had a lot of hand held tools. This has been the best for me.

Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

Wow daylily_ohio,
LOL, I'm gettting tired just hearing all the things it's good for ! I might wanna get my money back before spring.
I really am kinda anxious to try it out come spring. I saw how Katie, (stoneycreekirises) used to plant her new irises and it only took her a couple minutes to plant several. I am glad I was able to get one. I may need to get the long handled one too.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Even though I really love the hand tool, I did not care for the full size one. I was not upset when my Mom broke mine. My Mom is 82 and just broke it a couple years ago. She's not that strong... so I don't think you would want to use the long handled one for much more than making furrows. The short one seems much stonger.

If anyone orders one of these tools one from Pinetree Gardens.... while you are at it, I highly recommend their own leaf lettuce mix. We have been growing it for years. I plant it on the thick side, just because I can never seem to get it thin enough (LOL) and so we just keep pulling it to thin it out. We eat the thinnings, starting when they are just a couple inches high. This is the best mix!! We plant where it will end up in a bit of shade for summer... extending the season a bit, then replant in mid to late August. By covering the row if it snows a lot, we usually harvest the last bit and have it at Thanksgiving. I buy it in the one ounce package for us. I usually buy an extra 3-4 small packages, because we give away the lettuce, and people are always asking where I get the seed - so I buy extra seed to give them. Some years, I don't give it all away, so I will plant the left over seed myself the next year. I have had pretty good germination even if it's 2 years old.

"203. PINETREE LETTUCE MIX (begin harvesting in 40 days)
We have been experimenting with various Mesclun Mixes from France and Italy and you will find these in the ethnic vegetable sections. We see a number of advantages to mixing greens: you get a variety of colors, textures, tastes and maturation times from the same planting. This mix has a uniquely American twist, however; they are all leaf lettuces and all sweet varieties. You won't get anything bitter or spicy. The mix will contain all the looseleaf varieties in the catalog and nearly a dozen others. Our reasoning must have struck the right note. This has become our best selling item and we continue to receive hundreds of compliments on it. "

Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

Thanks for the tip in the lettuce mix daylily_ohio. Sounds great !

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

Happy Birthday Deb :)


Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

Thanks Susan

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

I had a Chinese Weeder" But he wanted more money i said no so he Quit Chuckles

Loysville, PA(Zone 6a)

LOL, phicks, you better go with one like mine. I only had to pay once and it doesn't talk back to me.
Happy Gardening to ya

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