Wake Forest University Campus Garden

Mighty Broadfork, Humble Cardboard
July 24, 2012, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Summer Intern

In the world of organic gardening, where weeds run rampant and topsoil erodes, there is no greater contrast than between the broadfork and cardboard. And yet, there may be no greater partnership. When it comes to leverage and soil-piercing power, the broadfork is the tool of choice. Plunge its steel tines into a row, jump on the cross-bar a few times, and rock those long handles back and forth to aerate the soil without disturbing earthworms, tilling up weed seeds, or exposing soil to erosive powers. If weeds are the problem, then cardboard is the solution. A free square of flattened cardboard can smoother weeds to death, clearing all competitors from a vegetable bed. Cardboard will also decompose over time improving soil structure and tilth. If you’re looking to build up, break up, or otherwise improve the quality of your garden soil, look no further than the mighty broadfork and humble cardboard.

A special thanks to Peace Haven Farm for donating the broadfork to the Campus Garden!


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