from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gardeners' three-tined fork with a short handle.
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The first earthing should be done with a hand-fork, and quite loosely, to allow the heart of the plant room to expand.
Stir up the bed every day for a fortnight to the depth of about nine inches, with a hand-fork, and if you discover any fire-heat, immediately give water to the part affected, that being the only effectual remedy that can be applied.
Only by combing the earth through and through between the rows of plants with the small hand-fork (after all the intruders have been removed as carefully as possible with the hand), can you be sure that they are gone.
The ingenuity of modern times has invented many variations of these primitive instruments of toil, and many of them are most useful and helpful, as, for instance, a short, five-pronged hand-fork, a delightful tool to use in breaking up the earth about the roots of weeds.
Hoeing and digging with a garden hand-fork the worst weeds