Re: Help with First till.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:25 am

I would recommend Winter Rye as a cover crop. I just planted some this past weekend. It will help rebuild the organic content of the soil and suppress weed seeds when plowed under.

Re: Help with First till.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:41 am

I refuse to take a plow to my rock farm and tree ranch in Maine... But after 10 years saplings are gone. The rock 'harvest' would keep generations busy.

It's not too surprising to see stone walls in the forest up there, especially after watching some plowing in OH. Much easier to farm in OH!

Re: Help with First till.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:46 am

Try winter rye for a green manure crop...

Re: Help with First till.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:20 pm

Thanks for the sugjestions, I guess winter wry would be the crop to plant depending on the soil tests. I was thinking of clover but maybe that would be some thing to plant in the spring.

Maine Dad, Im in troy. No towns close 45 minutes south of Bangor, an hour north of Agusta, 45 minutes west of Belfast. I did take pictures of my progress from the start to present. Just dont have a way of getting them off the camera chip.

Ill be going back up there in late October. I always make a sleep over stop in Coventry RI at my Dads house. He has some kind of super conputer that will down load them. Ill see what I can do.

Re: Help with First till.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:50 pm


Troy is a nice area, just off 202. Clover is great to replenish the nitrogen, but hard to grow when it's cold. Never got out of the 50's today :shock:

Re: Help with First till.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:18 pm

Clover is very expensive for a cover crop. If you are going to be miles away all the time it may be a good idea to plant it as a pasture/hayfield and then till it under when you are ready to use it as a garden?

Re: Help with First till.

Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:40 pm

For the larger tree stumps a bigger machine will be needed. Dozer or backhoe

I just got thru clearing out smaller bushes that were 25' thick. My son cut them flush to the ground. Then i let them sit a year to rot ( little stumps). The i had a fcub with the mid and rear cultivators and it ripped out all the smaller stumps from the over grown bushes. The tractor would hesitate when it hit a bush and when the govenor kicked in out the bushes came. This fcub with the cultivators opened up my over grown estate puchase. I also put a home made subsoiler on my 154 with the 3pt hitch for the surface rocks. With the larger rocks my son hand dug them and the fcub again pulled them straight up and out of the holes. The fcub pulled out some bigger rocks too. I had to cut some bigger trees out too but we dug out the stumps and my jeep 4x4 tractor pulled out those.

I now own more land than i thought i purchased because it was over grown so bad.