Step-by-step build instructions
Blade- Steeterialsl strapping (1/2 to 3/4" is best) (Often discarded from hardware stores after they unpack heavy bundles of wood, etc.)
Handle (Arundo donex grass, or Bamboo, or hard wood dowel)
Connecting material- recycled bicycle inner tube, hose clamps
Other tools needed to build this tool
Tin snips for cutting steel strapping, scissors for cutting rubber tubing.
A Novel DIY HOE with INTERCHANGEABLE, PLASTIC FRIENDLY, ADJUSTABLE, SHARP & FLEXIBLE blades. AMAZING for HAND WEEDING VEGETABLES, STRAWBERRIES, and other crops. Great for weeding along PLASTIC MULCH without damaging it! It's INEXPENSIVE, light-weight & super EASY TO MAKE from recycled materials and extremely EFFICIENT, and ERGONOMIC. A "MUST HAVE" for every FARM and GARDEN.
-The BLADE is made of steel strapping, the light weight HANDLE is made from Arundo donex grass (or bamboo, or wood dowel) and it's all held together with BICYCLE INNER TUBE (or hose or ring clamps).
-This Detailed Tutorial discusses alternative blades & handles, Unique features & helpful reminders including a cool Hip Hop Song (Recycle Robot by Mr. Eco).
-Developed by Dr. Eric Brennan who is a scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture (Agricultural Research Service), ORGANIC research program in Salinas, California.
-The 'Recycle Hoe' (a.k.a. 'Strap hoe' if you make it from non recycled materials) is a critical tool in their sustainable weed management research program. The Recycle Hoe is far better than other hoes (i.e. hula hoe or stirrup hoe, wire weeder or wire hoe, standard hoe, collinear hoe) that have been used in the commercial-scale high-value vegetable and strawberry production systems at this cutting edge, organic research farm. PERFECT for taking out small to medium sized weeds before they seed, and works on many soil types, and in dry and moist soil conditions. Have FUN making it!