This year we tried something new when preparing our tiny, tiny, tiny veggie plot. The Garden Claw!
I admit, I've been eyeing the 'claw' for years, but was worried that it wouldn't live up to the hype. We also have icky Texas-tough clay in our yard, so I was a bit skeptical that it would work in our yard. I finally broke down this year and emailed the company to ask if I could have one to try on our weed patch.
Here's our weed patch (ahem, veggie garden). Normally I hand pull all the weeds and then pile mulch the area to keep them from returning.
I'm super impressed with the Claw. In the month or so that I've had it, I used it to loosen soil and plant new planting, mix in compost, and start a new garden bed. It's easy for me to use it in our existing flower beds that have had the soil amended over the past few years. In areas where the soil was being tilled for the first time, it took a bit more elbow grease, but I was still able do it myself.
In the amazon reviews, there's a few complaints about the tines on the 'pro' model breaking. I tried my best, but I couldn't figure out how that could be. The tool is extremely sturdy. I spoke to a garden weasel representative, and they confirmed that they've redesigned the tool based on the complaints.
They all made it, but I'd hate to think what would have happend if I had been using a tiller. Here they are a few days old.
Garden Claw to anyone who wants to garden especially with kids (and bunnies) around. They make 3 different kinds, the Original, Pro and Mini, so you are sure to find one that's perfect for you. If you'd rather win one-- you can check out the Garden Weasel Facebook Page-- they have a tool giveaway each month!