Winch ploughs/hoes/cultivators used to be fairly common, and are still used where other machinery can't go.
I don't know how you stop the winch, if you are hoeing on your own.
An advantage of winch cultivation is almost no soil compaction.
No one has an animal drawn plough near you ? Here in the Philippines carabao are used to shallow plough between rows.
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Subject: [pfaf] Favorite Tools: Hoeing
My favorite hoe is sometimes called a "stirrup" hoe. I know I've heard them called other things, but don't remember what they were...
It has a rocking head, shaped like a stirrup, and cuts just below the surface going both forward and backward, doubling the amount of effect for the same amount of effort. I find it very easy to use, little effort and very quick results.
Here's a link, showing what they look like and how they are used:
Anybody else have a favorite tool they'd like to share?
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