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Hori Hori Uses

How To Get the Most Out of Your Hori Hori Tool

As I work on the farm and garden daily, I don’t go anywhere without my Hori Hori Knife and Tool. I find new uses for my this Japanese Gardener’s Tool every day.  I carry it every where I go, and like to have it handy for all types of chores, and it saves me trips back to the garden shed.  Either on my gardener’s belt or in my gardener’s/florists apron, it is always ready for action or any chore I can sum up.  There are many known uses, but I thought I would create a list of expanded uses for this great garden tool i have found over the years:

  • As its namesake describes, it is great for digging with its concave Hori Hori Samurai-like blade.
  • It can be used as a quick soil aerating tool to get oxygen to a plants roots and surrounding soil.
  • The Hori Hori blade is great for getting weeds at their roots, and with a flick of the wrist can get them root and all.
  • The serrated blade is great for cutting through stubborn roots, and root balls.
  • The Hori Hori works quite well as a pruning device for small branches or as a small saw for larger branches.
  • It works great as a marker stake, and with a hole in the handle, and some string, it makes garden marking easy. You can also use it for planting rows as a line reference.
  • I use it as a propagation tool to cut through large root balls and separate.
  • The Hori Hori Knife edge cuts through landscape fabric quite well and makes cutting X’s simple.
  • Opening bags of soil and amendments can be done quickly with the sharp Hori blade
  • The sharp blade can help in harvesting flowers or vegetables.
  • It’s great for cutting through irrigation tubing

No matter your use, buy the Best Hori Hori you possible can and use it throughout the garden or farm to make your chores a breeze. Just be careful! The blade is sharp!

garden watering wand or lance

The Garden Water Wand (Lance)

Ok, I’ll admit, I love new garden tools, and I recently ordered a watering lance for certain areas on the farm that aren’t yet on irrigation. This one is a winner, and its fun and functional.

Garden Watering Challenges

We have a fairly diverse garden and planting area with all types of soil, density and coverage. With an array of pot sizes and planting strategies, watering with just the hose tip or a store bought nozzle can be challenging. With the water lance, reaching all the plants in a particular planting area is a breeze. The one I purchased is right around 3 feet long, so it extends my watering radius to get to those hard to reach planting areas.

You can also control the flow rate with the valve, so you don’t flush out those seedlings or small plants in pots or trays.

My only challenge with the one I purchased is that the valve is cheap plastic. I think I will head to Home Depot and upscale my valve setup and all should be good. So in a nutshell, any serious gardener would love a water lance as a garden gift, or self-gift. Here is a summary of the benefits:

  • Extend your reach for wide beds or planting areas
  • Control the flow with the valve
  • Acts as an endless watering can
  • Soothing and stress releasing while in use 😉

Garden Tool Gifts

Best Tools For the Garden

Two Garden Tool Items I Can’t Do Without

We’ve been doing a lot lately on the farm to get ready for another growing season, and have several garden and farm projects in the works, including: new irrigation system, a lavender field, new growing beds, refreshing beds in our home garden, an English garden and much more (yes I am tired 😉 ). There are two tools that are irreplaceable in our day to day efforts: The Hori Hori and the Dibber.

Let’s start with the Hori Hori. This is one of my favorite tools out in the fields. I’ll give you a quick summary of how I used this Japanese Garden Knife and Tool out on the property yesterday:

  • Cutting through stubborn roots while digging an irrigation ditch.
  • Digging out a sprinkler riser to replace
  • To put soil into a new pot
  • To cut lengths of drip line for a new irrigation zone
  • Cutting through landscape fabric for planting
  • As a garden trowel
  • To remove some stubborn weeds in the gravel driveway

The Hori Hori is really the Garden Samurai (You can read more here: Hori Hori Garden Tool), and a garden tool I wont leave in the shed.

Second on the list is one of my new favorites, the Garden Dibber or Dibble. This tool has been around since man started farming, and is essentially a tool for seed and bulb planting. It essentially provides a simple way to drill holes in your soil with minimal effort. Today, as I go out to plant, here is how I will use this unique garden tool:

  • To plant some new Ranunculus bulbs we just received (as a bulb planter)
  • To poke some irrigation holes around newly planted trees
  • To make holes in some new ground cover
  • As a seed starter to open up soil for new seed

This garden tool is light and simple to use and makes little effort out of starting you new plants in any type of soil.

You can find both of these in our shop, Gifts for the Gardener.

Best Garden Gifts - Hori Hori Knife

Hori Hori FAQ: Best Gardening Tool

Information About How to Find the Best Hori Hori Japanese Garden Tool

Buying tools for the garden nowadays is confusing and overwhelming: Just how do you choose? If you want a Hori Hori, the options are endless and the market is plagued with unknowns and stores that ship from China (Just try and get customer service from them). Here is a great, quick list of frequently asked questions on our Hori Hori Garden Tool from customers for you to use in your hunt.

What is a Hori Hori?

What is a Hori Hori?

A Hori Hori is a Japanese Gardening Tool that provides multiple functions. It’s name literally means “to dig” in Japanese.

What are the uses for the Hori Hori tool?

What are the uses for the Hori Hori tool?

The Hori Hori can be used for the following garden chores:
  • As a trowel and for digging in the garden
  • As a garden knife for cutting roots and pruning
  • For weeding, you can scrape with the Hori’s blade
  • As a propagation tool, the Hori Hori is the best tool for dividing plants
  • The Hori Hori can be used as a scoop
There are many, many more uses.

What are the features of a quality Hori Hori?

What are the features of a quality Hori Hori?

We have an article that can help you find the best Hori Hori in the market: Hori Hori Garden Tool You can also buy our Hori Hori Garden Knife here: Buy Hori Hori Tool

What does "full tang" mean with a Hori Hori Garden Knife?

What does "full tang" mean with a Hori Hori Garden Knife?

The tang on any knife or tool is the portion that extends into the handle. A full tang provides maximum strength and control, as the steel of the Hori Hori blade is a single piece. Full tang Hori Horis are preferred for a durable, strong garden tool.

Are Hori Hori's still made in Japan?

Are Hori Hori's still made in Japan?

Hori Horis are still popular with Japanese Gardeners, and they are made throughout the country. Like many other countries, they rely on Chiese steel to make their garden blade tools.

There are so many options when I search, how do I choose the right Hori Hori?

There are so many options when I search, how do I choose the right Hori Hori?

Buyer beware, many of the sellers of Hori Hori’s online drop ship product from China, meaning they have never even used or evaluated the product. Here at Celtic Farm, we tested several manufacturers, and actually use the Hori Hori’s on our flower farm that we sell.
Garden tool dibber dibble

Just What is a Garden Dibber? (or Dibbler?)

The Garden Tool Used For Centuries

We’ve all used many different things to make holes in the ground for seeds or bulbs. I know I have. Nothing has been off limits: a stick, screwdriver, dowel, shovel handle, and yes, even a finger. But a dibber, also known as a Garden Dibberdibbler or dibble, is a garden tool made for this very purpose. Its first recorded use was back in roman times, usually made from old tool handles, and its design has not really changed.

Dibbers are made of all different types or materials, including wood, metal and plastic. Here are the attributes of a quality dibber in the modern age, and one any gardener would appreciate as a gift:

  • A t-handle for leverage in making deep holes or penetrating hard soil.
  • A stainless metal tip to keep going and going
  • Wood handle for aesthetics
  • Thick wood for a solid grip

I know we use ours on the farm constantly (I just used it for planting Ranunculus and Anemone today), and after a 1000 bulbs, i am thankful for this handy tool. But its not only for planting. Here are all the uses for a dibber:

  • To make holes in soil for seed planting
  • To make holes in soil for bulb planting
  • To break up potted plant roots before planting in the garden
  • To clean dirt from tubers
  • For leverage in propagation with large roots.
  • To aerate the soil around a plant
  • To create deep water holes for plants in hot climates

So now all you have to do is get one, and carry it in your garden tool holder, garden tote or gardening apron.

Old Garden Dibber
Ancient Dibber

Best hori hori garden tool

Hori Hori – The Best Japanese Gardening Tool

The Hori Hori Garden Tool: The Ultimate and Best Tool for Gardeners

We use our Hori Hori tool every day at Celtic Farm, and highly recommend them to friends and customers as the ultimate garden tool. Have you ever been in the garden and need a tool that you did not bring?  The Hori Hori Garden Tool is a barebones implement that can provide many of the functions that avid gardeners require.   This digging tool is often referred to as a garden knife”, “soil knife”  or “weeding knife” and is a true Swiss Army knife for the garden.  The word Hori literally means “to dig “, and Hori Hori is used as a digging sound in the language.   It has a specialized concave blade that is serrated on one side and can be used for the following:
  • weeding in the garden
  • cutting roots
  • removing plants
  • digging
  • measuring depth
  • planting bulbs
  • sod cutting
  • plant propagating through splitting
  • as a hand axe for chopping
  • as a trowel
  • as the all around, ultimate garden tool
How do you find the best hori hori garden tool?  Here are some things to look for when trying to find this ultimate garden tool:
  1. You want to purchase a full tang Hori Hori.  If you are not familiar with the word tang it describes the continuous portion of the blade that extends into the handle of a knife. Why the full tang on your garden knife?  A full tang provides the maximum strength and control when using the hori hori in the garden.  Cheaper knives have minimal extension of the tang into the handle.  YOu can see a full tang hori hori here: Best Full Tang Hori Hori Garden Knife
  2. 3 Rivets in Your Hori Hori Handle.  The full tang wont help you if its not securely connected to the wooden handle.  Quality Hori Hori’s will have 3 rivets on the handle.
  3. Stainless Steel Blade.   A stainless steel blade provides the rust proof strength required when using the digging tool in the garden.
  4. Curved, serrated blade.  Make sure the blade has a concave curve, and that the serration is of high quality for optimal use of the tool as a saw and cutting implement in the garden.
  5. Measurement marks. – I find it really handy to have inch marks on the inner part of my hori hori blade.  This is the ultimate tool for planting bulbs in the garden, and makes the ultimate garden tool even better.
  6. Blade length.  The Hori Hori blade should be between 6 and 8 inches, with the handle about the same.  This length gives perfect balance and provides for the one hand, barebones tool performance that makes it such a joy to use.

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