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Definition | Hoeing | Futura House

Our elders often speak of this popular adage which says ” one hoeing is better than two waterings “. It is certain that with a simple gesture, you can obtain a very fine surface layer of soil that allows water to pass through and the roots to develop rather than crusted soil. Let’s explore hoeing, which is essential for the good health of the garden.

Principle of hoeing

This is a gesture to be made to break the crust surface of the earth, which forms over time as a result of being confronted with climatic hazards and trampling. Hoeing is done with a sharp tool, without damaging the roots of the plants. Several tools can be used to hoe the garden such as the hoe, the hoe, the weeder, the rake or the wedge, for the most common. There are different sizes of hoe blades to adjust the work according to the distances to be cleaned. With blades in stainless steel, these tools are an investment for many years. The hoe, hoe and rake will loosen the surface layer. The serfouette will make it possible to weed and butter the plants with its purlin blade side and aerate the soil with its fork or tongue side.

Once positioned in front of the field to be hoeed, hold the handle of the hoe in both hands at an angle of 45 ┬░, so as to hold your back straight. Practice movements back and forth to aerate the soil. Note: the hoeing is done in reverse so as not to tamp down again what has just been hoeed. Without hoeing, the roots of plants may suffocate and without water entering, plants will vegetate and produce fewer flowers, fruits and vegetables.

The virtues of hoeing

Hoeing is essential for maintaining a clean garden and healthy plants. Here are some of the advantages of hoeing:

  • allow thenocturnal humidity and inflows of water to infiltrate the soil, without stagnating;
  • maintain crops in good condition;
  • to benefit the roots and rootlets humidity so important for the good development of plants;
  • remove them weeds which compete with plants;
  • Loosen the soil by making it softer.

What to hoe in the garden?

Of vegetable garden through the orchard, you can use a hoe to break the surface crust, two centimeters deep. Don’t go too deep, or you may cut the roots and cause damage. Repeat the hoeing operation often so as not to let the soil dry out too much and settle down, then slow down the development of unwanted grasses.

Do not wait for a period of drought to hoe! Every year, from spring toautumn, hoe all around the feet of rosebushes, oftrees or shrubs to crumble the earth and allow water from irrigation or rain to seep in.

In the vegetable garden, as soon as possible, hoe all along the rows of vegetables or all around the vegetable stems in order to loosen the surface layer of the soil.

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