Search
  • Mandy Palmer

Brodforks

Brodforks are freaking incredible!

🌿

It comes from the French agricultural tool, grelinette, and was introduced to the United States in the 1990s by Eliot Coleman.

🌿

It keeps the microorganisms, and other soil life, in their respective layers and has great results for drainage, and aeration.

🌿

Soil is made up of layers. Each one of these layers hosts different types of microorganisms, bacteria, and insects. The most important soil layer is the topsoil, which should always remain as topsoil without being turned over.

🌿

The main benefit of using a broadfork is to help make your soil healthier by providing a natural way to aerate.

🌿

Broadforks contribute to soil health because plant roots require air spaces between particles in order to breathe.The two handles provide leverage, so that you can easily loosen a large area of soil in less time and with less effort. Natural perennial beds don’t need to use a broadfork because the roots of plants and flowers already aerate the soil on their own. It's good for vegetable beds and annual garden beds. However, it does help when weeding. When you till and turn the soil over, you bring up dormant weed seeds that had made their way into the lower soil levels.

🌿

Brodforks, unlike tilling can be used in wet soil so you won't have a delay creating spring beds.

🌿

Plus, if you want a great work out this is it. BUT, it isn't as strenuous on your back unlike the pitchfork.The handles provide leverage, so that you can more loosen a large area of soil in less time and with less effort.

🌿

It's great for harvesting root veggies like potatoes and carrots and garlic as it loosens the compacted soil.

🌿

A great alternative to tilling and a must have tool for us!


5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All