[Market-farming] bed shapers
mhcsa at bcn.net
Mon Feb 21 19:39:37 EST 2005
I have seen a roller that worked very well that was made from a piece of
heavy pipe of 12" to 15" diameter and the width of the bed top. On each
end of the pipe there was a disc [as in disc harrow] with the concave
part pointed towards the center of the bed. Each disc was some 8"
greater diameter than the pipe. This created a beautiful edge to the
bed. The discs had an axle passing through them and the roller was
attached to the implement [a Yeoman subsoiling plow ] from the axle.
I have always intended fabricating one to follow my Yeoman and spade
plow but have not got around to it yet.
Mahaiwe Harvest C.S.A.
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> bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Willie McKemie
> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 1:21 PM
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> Subject: [Market-farming] bed shapers
> In order to used the hand-pushed seeders I recently acquired, I have
> been out with a 5 gallon plastic bucket flattening out freshly thrown
> up bed tops. I think a leveled slightly compacted bed top would make
> tractor pulled PlanetJrs go more smoothly, too.
> I've been mulling over the possibility of getting a roller made that
> dangles off of 3-point lift arms. I'm thinking 8"-12" pipe about 27"
> long. I would rather have a roller made from two cones (smaller
> diameter in the middle) to give me a crowned bed, but I think that
> that is more than I want to attack at this time.
> Does anyone have ideas? Has anyone seen anything like that "off the
> I had a bed shaper that laid plastic mulch and irrigation tape as
> well as pressing the bed, but that was a massive thing that needed
> 50+ hp. I'm thinking of something easier to handle.
> On the subject of bedding: I have used a disk bedder for many years; I
> like to cultivate with it too. It rolls over and cuts up stuff that
> too far gone for traditional cultivators. But it needs tedious
> adjustment to go between the bed building and cultivating
> configurations. I recently came across another disk bedder and I
> on it (bought it); I am leaving the new bedder set up to cultivate. I
> just pulled it over my badly overgrown asparagus. With the bedder, I
> can cut up the stuff in the middles so that I stand a chance of
> sweeps down the rows.
> Willie, ONWARD! Through the fog!
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