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Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:31 pm
Presently I'm thinking that if I put a plow behind each rear wheel, make a pass, then place the rear wheel in the furrow I can open the rows, add chicken litter then put my disc hillers on the extensions on the front gangs, throw up some rows, put sweeps behind the rear wheels and start planting. Am I anywhere close to how it should be done?
Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:57 pm
Your idea should work.----if just making seed rows only, (depending on soil type and conditions), you could put 1 sweep in the center of the tractor on the cultivator(if you have/can get a short square bar to go across the beams) and make first pass then run back wheel in same track going back marking second row.--this would give clearance for several cultivations before the plants got too big and the cub will still straddle the rows without doing any damage to the other rows.
seed rows need to be shallow, a couple inches is plenty,---I just go deep enough to get seed onto moist firm ground, then dont cover with more than a couple inches of soil.
Soil types work differently in different parts of the country.---also it makes a difference if soil is fine or really cloddy, etc.---climate, hot/dry/cold wet,will affect the germination of the seeds themselves. thanks; sonny
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:53 pm
Thanks Sonny, I knew you'd have an idea. My soil is sandy loam. Since I have no way of mounting a plow in the center (my extensions on the front gang won't quite reach the center) I think I'll try my approach with the plows then disc hillers on the extensions. I'll be throwing up rows for potatoes first and will hopefully learn enough to make the others work out. Thanks and good luck with your garden.
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