Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:11 pm

I figured out how to mount the 193 plow I got a couple weeks ago with RJ at the "crooks at auctions" auction. Thought I'd give it a try. I was held hostage in New England for 13 years listening to them Yankees talk about how rocky their soil is. Y'all don't know what rocky is, here's some good bottom ground in Missouri.
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Maybe I'm plowing a little deep? or "The point where all forward motion ceased".
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Can you find the drawbar? Dog bone? Plow beam? Coulter?

OK the real purpose was to get from this .....
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To this using the gravel bar where Dad scoured the plows for the garden when I was a kid.
Spent about an hour.

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:18 pm

And I thought the gardens back home were hard scrabble... WHOA :!: :!: Gotta rethink that one :roll: :!: :shock: :D

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:57 pm

Looks about like most of the soil I have seen in MO. :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol:

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:13 am

Ya had me going :D I was thinking man there's more gravel there than in my gravel pit :!:

Billy

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:35 am

Lets see that makes you 3rd generation scouring plows in that creek bed dont it lil bro. In Mo thats what we call a crawfish patch gota plow it deep for them rascals. Them La. boys thought they had the market cornered on mud bugs :D You gota try them fresh outa a clear clean ozark stream sometime. Like the comedian says "Make you wanna slap grandma for some" Heck Scrivet if you can pull a pile of Ozark topsoil that big im thinkin CUBTUG show em how hillbillys do it. :shock:

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:29 am

If the truth be known, a bet a lot of plows further back than 3 generations have been scoured in that creek bed. That has been a common practice about as long as there have been metal molboards. A lot easier for a horse to pull a shiny plow than a rusty one.

Here is a link to the crooks at auctions Jeff was referring to.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=50763&p=422895&hilit=auction#p422895

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:56 am

Doesn't that wear the point down really fast when doing that? How long do you get out of a plow point? This will be the first time plowing with my 193 this year on Merlin, and I am planning to clean up the plow before using it so it is nice and shiny...


Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:34 am

That certainly looks like a lot less work and a lot more fun than polishing the bottoms with an angle grinder and flap disk. A lot more effective, too...

A dab of grease smeared on the surface will preserve that shine for next year.

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:07 pm

WisconsinCubMan wrote:Doesn't that wear the point down really fast when doing that? How long do you get out of a plow point? .........
The gravel is loose, and puts very little wear on a point. Just plowing a few gardens as most of us do, a point will last many years.

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:26 pm

Matt Kirsch wrote:............A dab of grease smeared on the surface will preserve that shine for next year.


It already has a light coating of grease waiting for it's next use. The conundrum is if I grease it it won't rust, but if I don't it will. If it rusts I'll have to make a trip back down to the creek and SPEND ANOTHER HOUR next year plowing up the gravel bar. (Planned seat time??????)

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:14 am

I say let her rust--look like too much fun plowing those gravels every year!

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:08 am

Scrivet wrote:
Matt Kirsch wrote:............A dab of grease smeared on the surface will preserve that shine for next year.


It already has a light coating of grease waiting for it's next use. The conundrum is if I grease it it won't rust, but if I don't it will. If it rusts I'll have to make a trip back down to the creek and SPEND ANOTHER HOUR next year plowing up the gravel bar. (Planned seat time??????)


That's true... Gotta get my brain wrapped around that concept... I've hand-polished FIVE plows (total of 10 bottoms) in the last three years, and I am really getting sick of the job.

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:04 am

A dab of grease smeared on the surface will preserve that shine for next year.
I use the dollar store spray paint instead of grease of keep the shear and moldboard from rusting.

Gravel we got, soil not so much. Land owners are permitted to remove up to 200 tons of gravel per year from their own property.

Re: Plowing the new garden plot in rocky MO soil

Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:45 pm

After seeing those pictures, I have only one question - where did you find Missouri ground with so much dirt in it??? :roll: :lol: