The cultivating broadfork I've been using the last couple of days requires the following procedure.
- Place tines where you want them on the soil
- Step up onto the bar with sufficient downward force to make the tines go into the soil
- Either step off and up again or do other movements to get tines into the ground all the way up to the bar.
- Step off the bar and walk backward holding onto the handles, making the tines move away from you in the ground.
- Walk forward and push the handles forward - making the tines move toward you in the ground.
- Bring the handles back to vertical and pull the tines out of the ground.
- Step backwards and find a point 8 to 10 inches away from the last point
- Rinse and repeat until the row (about 70 feet) is done.
Um, sore feet and various muscles that tell me I've essentially been doing a stair stepper more than I am used to.
If I could only find a way to do each of these tasks every day, or every other day, instead of in these concentrated bursts, I might be able to avoid the sore muscle episodes. Well...maybe not...but one can dream.