Although their primary function is to aerate the soil, the FER DE TERRE broadforks are very much multiple applications tools for the gardener...
With their excellent ergonomics, they enable various diverse tasks to be carried out such as the preparation of seedbeds, transplanting, harvesting potatoes and other tuber crops, aerating and mixing compost, weeding...
All these tasks can be carried out gently and effectively, considerably optimising the effort expended by the gardener!
For correct use of the Fer de Terre:
- Insert the "Fer de Terre" broadfork vertically in the earth, pressing on the middle of the tool with your foot. The fine prongs of the fork, which are bevelled and slightly curved, will then enter deep into the earth, without the need for forcing .
- Then pull the two handles backwards with lateral movements either side of your line. Physical labour is eased by this lever effect combined with the curvature of the prongs. It makes work efficient, and with less effort, loosening clods of earth without disturbing the bacterial activity of the soil.
- Remove the Fer de Terre from the ground by tipping backwards and then continue working by repeating the steps above.
You no longer need to carry the tool and you avoid the need to bend down to insert the fork and aerate the ground (no back pain)
No more need for significant effort. Forking is quick and easy for working a large area, without the need to turn the earth over.
The ecology of the soil is preserved and the manual labour involved is efficient because the Fer de Terre enables working deep in the ground without mixing the strata, avoiding the microfauna and microflora being disturbed.