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Good ka(r)ma

December 10, 2012

This is one of my favourite garden tools. It’s called a kama or Asian sickle and I bought it from Green Harvest. In fact I’ve bought three:

It’s great for cutting out bracken stems and pruning back anything tufty, like grass clumps. It has a serrated edge which means it can saw and cut. I grab the clump of whatever I’m cutting and saw across just above the base. If it’s a weed I don’t want, then I simply slice into the clump just below the growth zone, across and through the root zone and lift the clump free without disturbing the soil.

I’ve even attached one to a long melaleuca sapling so that I can reach into the centre of the pools and slice the water plants (which are taking over), off below the water line:

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Another useful tool is this small hand rake which came from Bunnings:

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It’s useful for getting in close and raking fallen litter out of the bush. I also use it to hand dig small swales behind the fruit trees and to keep them from silting up with debris.

One other tool I couldn’t do without is my Hamilton Treeplanter. I’ve planted thousands of tubestock with it over the last 20 years or so. It’s made to fit the 5 cm square x 15 cm deep pots we call forestry tubes over here in Oz:

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It’s pushed into the ground using the footrest and the plug of soil is removed. The hole is filled with water, the plant is tapped out of the tube and snuggled into place. Two people, using one of these, one digging and one planting, can plant 60 tubes an hour. In soft sandy soil, I can almost do that many on my own. They’re used extensively in revegation programs, where huge numbers of tubestock are planted.