Row by Row Episode 79: Which One is Better – Single, Double, or High Arch Wheel Hoe?

Wheel Hoe Comparisons

This week, Greg and Travis discuss a popular question they get from customers that are wanting to buy a wheel hoe but don’t know which one to choose. When comparing the Single and Double Wheel Hoe the main comparison is the toolbar is identical on both models. However, on the Double, the arms are flipped and it has a longer axle with an extra wheel. With these two models, you can convert from Double to Single and Single to Double because all the components are the same. While the High Arch is a completely different piece of equipment compared to the Single and Double. That being said you cannot convert the Single and Double to the High Arch and vice versa.

Single Wheel Hoe

The first model that we made available was the Single Wheel Hoe, which was based on the old Planet Jr. Wheel Hoes that have been around for over 100 years. If you’re a beginner gardener and have a small garden that’s around 30×40 or 30×50 in size, the Single is the perfect tool for you. It also comes with a set of three cultivator teeth that can be moved around the toolbar and up to five teeth can be used at once. With cool weather crops like lettuce, the Single Wheel Hoe allows for a narrower footprint when planting in the garden.

Double Wheel Hoe

There are a couple of advantages when it comes to choosing the Double Wheel Hoe over the Single Wheel Hoe. The first advantage is you are able to straddle smaller plants between the two wheels. This works great for planting potatoes because you are able to straddle the seed potatoes and cover them up using the plow set in the hilling position. Another big advantage of the Double is every attachment that we carry at Hoss Tools works on this Wheel Hoe.

High Arch Wheel Hoe

Similar in concept to the Double, the High Arch Wheel Hoe allows you to straddle plants as well, but much taller plants like corn and potatoes. It also contains adjustable wheel spacing meaning the wheels can move in or out depending on your desired spacing in the garden. So basically you have three different settings on the wheel spacing which includes the innermost being 4 inches apart, the middle being 6 inches apart, and the farthest being 8 inches apart. Another difference is the High Arch has two toolbars instead of just one, which provides many more possibilities for planting within the garden.

Show and Tell Segment

On the show and tell segment, Greg and Travis introduce the brand new studio for the Row by Row Garden Show. The guy’s show off the new bottom trays that fit our 162 cell seed starting trays for growing better transplants indoors. Travis has some Lacinato Kale that he harvested from the vegetable garden. They also discuss different varieties of figs and flavor profiles of each type.

Viewer Questions Segment

On the question and answer segment this week, the guys answer questions about extending carrot life after harvest, tips for growing giant pumpkins, and direct sowing in the winter after harvest. Travis mentions when harvesting carrots, he normally either pulls them with the tops on them or pulls them and twist off the tops. Then, he rinses them off, lets them naturally dry off, and places them in a grocery bag to put in the refrigerator. Greg has some experience trying to grow giant pumpkins in the past. Greg created a little teepee to keep the sun off of them but the pumpkins ended up not doing well and exploding on him. However, Greg has some advice that he learned from his failure at growing giant pumpkins which includes applying drip irrigation, spoon feed them fertilizer, shade them out, and watch your downy and powdery mildew. Travis mentions that when direct sowing in the winter the best vegetables to grow include turnips, radishes, mustard, and spinach.

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