In addition to being an essential garden tool, a sharp-bladed hoe is a mood elevator. This phenomenon was first documented in the 19th century by a restless Ralph Waldo Emerson, who when confined indoors felt a strong urge to run for the woods to live with the squirrels.
But hand the man a garden tool and point him toward a weedy patch, and Emerson’s mood brightened immediately: “My good hoe, as it bites the ground, revenges my wrongs, and I have less lust to bite my enemies,” he wrote. “By smoothing the rough hillocks, I smooth my temper.”
In that spirit, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite hand hoes with the hope that you, like Emerson, may this suddenly “hear the bobolink’s song and see the blessed deluge of light and color that rolls around me.”