Let me be the first to thank Andrea at Heavy Petal for the prize that arrived in today's mail - a CobraHead "precision weeder and cultivator," which I won because my little essay on how I got started gardening was chosen as the best of the bunch. Well, actually the four winners were chosen at random but who's to know? Having recently read some raves about this little tool on a garden forum I'd been perusing, I knew a good thing was coming my way.
And while I confess I haven't tried it yet, I'm already convinced by the enthusiastic testimonials, one of which called it addicting. Well, all I need is to become even more addicted to gardening, so I'll take that as a precautionary note.
A quick question for my ever-astute readers, and a short comment. First, the enclosed information tells me that "Working in conjunction with a good garden fork, there is no bed too tough to be quickly weeded." Okay, what the hell is a garden fork? My first guess was a cultivator but this tool is intended to be used to cultivate, so it can't be that. Guesses? Could it be what we Easterners call a garden rake?
And there's a testimonial that caught my eye. A gardener in Wisconsin wrote that she was amazed - exclamation point - because "I have always employed more of a soak it and pull by hand
weeding style, rather than using a tool for the job. Battling weeds
this way is just that, a battle." No offense, but humans have been using tools now for, I don't know, ages, and I wonder why she'd never given it a try until recently being given this one. M. Sinclair Stevens in Texas, do you suppose the term "Luddite" would apply here, too? (I was corrected when I referred to a computer-deprived tree-grower as a "Neanderthal" because apparently Neanderthals were enamored with technology, unlike the clueless Luddites of the world. Now I'm using "Luddite" every chance I can. Previously my favorite word was troglodyte, someone who lives in a cave. Very handy word, too, and it's nice to know the subtle differences, as I know Sinclair would agree.)
And Andrea, have you guys set a date? Don't keep us in the dark.