Title: The American home garden
Year: 1860 (1860s)
Authors: Watson, Alexander, gardener. [from old catalog]
Publisher: New York, Harper & brothers
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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The potato-hook (Fig, 53) is a steel hook, which should bestrongly made, with four prongs shaped like those of the spade-fork, but proportionably smaller, set well forward, and veryslightly curved, having a pretty stout shank secm-ely keyedinto a strongly-feruled ordinaiy hoe-handle. In general theprongs are made of other forms, and often give trouble, and themode of securing them in the handle is not yet jjerfected by 56 AMERICAN HOME garden. the manufacturers ; in heavy work they are apt to become loose.Besides their common use as potato-diggers, they are also val-uable for loosening the earth among young crops, around plants,and in narrow borders where it is desirable to avoid treadingupon the newly-loosened soil; for removing grass that has be-come sodded among edging or near the roots of plants ; also for chopping over ground that has become dry, before sowingit; for covering seeds sown in drills, and for many of the gen-eral purposes of a small rake.
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Smaller wood-headedRake. RAKES. The wood-headed rake (Figures 54, 55) is a familiar gardenFig. 54. Fig. 55. tool. The head of a rake is 3 the bar, into which the teethare fastened, or to whichthey are attached. Whenthis is of wood, the end ofthe handle is tapered andinserted at the centre of thebar, having two or moreside-braces of tough wood orpretty strong wire. They have eight, orten, or twelve teeth, at about an inch apart,which are either clinched, or, more neatly,riveted in with small bmrs. Such rakes areto be found, of excellent make, in almost every country store,their single general defect being that the handles are from sixinches to a foot too short. It is not force, but reach, that isrequired in a rake; and the handle of a garden-rake should bebut little, if any, shorter than that of the ordinary hay-rake.Cast-steel rakes of various sizes (Fig. 56), with heads toFig. 56. which the teeth are welded, not riveted, having either shank or socket for the handle, though,in general
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