Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mother Earth News Fair 2015!

We're going to the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, N.C!

Stop by the booth #5033 - near the homesteading and organic gardening stages.

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center | April 11-12, 2015

1301 Fanning Bridge Road,
Fletcher, NC 28732

Saturday FAIR hours: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sunday FAIR hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Here is a link to the Mother Earth News Fair web page.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

See you at the 8th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

Visit us at booth space #16 and try out our unbreakable broadforks in Thomas Jefferson's vegetable garden while you are there.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the 8th annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charllotesville, VA on September 13th. Visit us at booth space #16 and try out our unbreakable broadforks in Thomas Jefferson's vegetable garden while you are there.
General Admission Parking will be at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) (501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Digging rocks out of the garden with an unbreakable boradfork

Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains it's not uncommon to find rocks while digging in our heavy clay garden soil. (Did you ever wonder why there are always more rocks in the garden every year?)
We're sure glad to have an unbreakable broadfork.
You can get one too, at
Using a broadfork will loosen the soil deeper than a roto-tiller and not leave hard-pan.
At 60" tall this garden digging tool keeps you in an upright position and gives you the leverage for the 10" tines loosen the soil.
There are three sizes to choose from: 5, 6 or 7 tines that will cultivate up to a 30" wide garden bed in one pass.
Buy a broadfork today.
Your back will thank you!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dig your 2014 garden without a rototiller!

So you've made your best garden plant seed picks and actually placed your order on time this year.
You will need to contact the rental shop to get on their list of rotor-tiller renters and hope that the weather cooperates and that there are no problems with their tillers that will necessitate a repair on your tilling day.

Of all the things you will need to do to get ready for a successful gardening season, preparing the soil for planting is an unavoidable must do task.

If you are like most people, using a rotor-tiller is as pleasurable as hiking on a superhighway.

An alternative to the noise, smell and mechanical stress of rotor-tilling is using a broad fork.
- Otherwise known as a broadfork (written as one word) a U-bar or a grelinette. 
Not all broad forks are created equal and each has their own place in the world of gardening tools.

One broadfork you will want to check out when learning about broad fork gardening is the WayCoolTools broad fork. It is surprisingly light despite being made entirely of tempered aircraft quality alloy steel, yet strong enough to remove large stones and penetrate heavy, compacted soil. It has the added benefit of enabling you to more finely cultivate your garden soil for planting by chopping and tilthing the soil.

To use a broad fork rock the two handles back and forth while applying pressure with one or both feet on the cross bar above the digging blades.
As you penetrate the soil, pull back on the handles to loosen the soil.
If needed you can use the broad fork with an up and down chopping motion to break up larger clods of soil.

The amount of time to produce finished planting beds is around a minute per foot in heavily compacted soil. With that in mind you could dig a 30 foot long planting bed in about a half hour.
If you were to work an hour a day with our 5 tine broad fork, in the course of a work week you will have made ready over 200 square feet of gardening space.

Did you know that you can actually dig deeper than a rototiller with a broadfork without creating the hard pan that rotor-tillers cause?

For more information on these broad forks see

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Planning a garden? Get Cindy Conner's new book!

We were at the Virginia Biological Farming Conference again in Richmond, Virginia a few weeks back. It is a two day event where farmers and aspiring farmers from all over convene for food /local organic, fellowship / friends new and old get to spend time catching up and learning from one another, and a cornucopia of speakers sharing their experience and insights on organic farming practices.
Cindy Conner and her husband Walt
One of the many friends we got to see this year while exhibiting our garden tools and flame weeding equipment there is
Cindy Conner.
Cindy's new book, Grow a sustainable diet - planning and growing to feed ourselves and the earth (ISBN# 9780865717565)
published by new society  is a comprehensive gardening manual for anyone interested in learning sustainable methods of food production for their family that Cindy has practiced for years.
After spending time with in the garden with Cindy Conner you will come away blessed with a new way of looking at gardening that is sure to inspire. Reading this book will give you some of the insights and methods Cindy has learned through many seasons in the garden. Well worth the read for new and old gardeners alike. - one of Mother Earth New's "books for wise living recommendations"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Best prices on flame weeders

Spring is coming, and so are the weeds.
Get the best prices on Red Dragon flame weeding torches.
Free shipping on back pack torch kits and more.
Order now to get ahead of spring weeds..or melt some ice.