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Encyclopedia > Hoe (tool)
Agricultural square bladed hoe.
Agricultural square bladed hoe.
A 2000-year-old iron Roman hoe blade.

The hoe is a hand tool used in gardening. A hoe is made up of a sharp blade, usually made of metal such as iron, steel or aluminium, attached to a long handle, usually of wood. A hoe can be made up of many types of blades, with a variety of uses, probably the most common of which is the removal of weeds and unwanted crops. Along with the spade and fork, the hoe is considered a basic, essential hand-farming implement. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1728x2304, 581 KB)Roman hoe blade, iron, 2000 years old. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1728x2304, 581 KB)Roman hoe blade, iron, 2000 years old. ... Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... A modern hammer is directly descended from ancient hand tools A tool or device is a piece of equipment which typically provides a mechanical advantage in accomplishing a physical task, or provides an ability that is not naturally available to the user of a tool. ... A gardener Gardening is the practice of growing flowering plants, vegetables, and fruits. ... A blade is the flat part of a tool or weapon that normally has a cutting edge and/or pointed end typically made of a metal, most recently, steel intentionally used to cut, stab, slice, throw, thrust, or strike an animate or inainimate object. ... This article is about metallic materials. ... For other uses, see Iron (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ... Aluminum redirects here. ... For other uses, see Wood (disambiguation). ... Yellow starthistle, a thistle native to southern Europe and the Middle East that is an invasive weed in parts of North America. ... For other uses, see Spade (disambiguation). ... Assorted forks. ...

Hoes are used to:

  • agitate the surface of the soil around plants, to remove weeds
  • pile soil around the base of plants (hilling);
  • create narrow furrows (drills) and shallow trenches for planting seeds and bulbs;
  • generally dig and move soil (e.g. harvesting potatoes), and chop weeds, roots and crop residues.

There are many types of blade of quite different appearance and purpose. Some can perform multiple functions. Others are intended for a specific use (e.g. the collinear hoe has a narrow, razor-sharp blade which is used to slice weeds by skimming it just above the surface of the soil with a sweeping motion; it is unsuitable for tasks like soil moving and chopping). Loess field in Germany Surface-water-gley developed in glacial till, Northern Ireland Technically, soil forms the pedosphere: the interface between the lithosphere (rocky part of the planet) and the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. ... For other uses, see Plant (disambiguation). ... In agriculture or horticulture, hilling is the technique of piling soil up around the base of a plant. ... In agriculture and gardening, a drill is a shallow furrow in which seeds or bulbs are placed during seeding. ... A ripe red jalapeño cut open to show the seeds For other uses, see Seed (disambiguation). ... Shallot bulbs A bulb is an underground vertical shoot that has modified leaves (or thickened leaf bases) that is used as food storage organs by a dormant plant. ... For other uses, see Potato (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Root (disambiguation). ... Agriculture (from Agri Latin for ager (a field), and culture, from the Latin cultura cultivation in the strict sense of tillage of the soil. A literal reading of the English word yields tillage of the soil of a field.) is the production of food, feed, fiber and other goods by...

The Dutch hoe (scuffle, action, oscillating, swivel, or hula hoe) is a design that is pushed or pulled through the soil to cut weeds just under the surface. It's tool-head is a loop of flat, sharpened strap metal. It is not as efficient as a chopping hoe for pulling or pushing soil.

See also

A heavy-duty rake for soil and rocks A light-duty rake for grass and leaves A double-sided rake A Rake better known as Kiran Buckman in various parts of Australia (Old English raca, cognate with Dutch raak, German Rechen, from a root meaning to scrape together, heap up... A pitchfork next to a compost bin Pitching hay A pitchfork is a tool with a long handle and long, thin, widely separated pointed tines (also called prongs) used to lift and throw loose material, such as hay, leaves, grapes, or other agricultural products. ...

External links

  • Suffle (Dutch) hoe

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Hoes are generally designed either for weeding (to slice weeds at or just below ground level) or for chopping (to cut up weeds and cultivate or disturb the soil surface).
Blades on chopping hoes, such as a rectangular onion hoe, are set at a sharp angle to the ground and are designed to move more soil than weeding hoes.
Like the collinear hoe, a hoe used for weeding by skimming it back and forth along the ground or slightly beneath the surface instead of repeatedly lifting the hoe and moving a lot of soil.
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