[Market-farming] bed shapers

TxBeeFarmer TxBeeFarmer at HotPop.com
Mon Feb 21 20:22:26 EST 2005


Willie,

I put buster plows on 1"x3" shanks.  When it's time to build beds, I take
another buster plow, turn it upside down, and set it on top of each of the
busters that are already mounted on the shanks.  No bolting necessary,
they'll stay in place.  These additional upside down busters insure that the
maximum amount of dirt is thrown onto the bed.  When It's time to plant, I
have busters mounted in front of the opening plow.  I set them level and a
little higher than the seed tube opening.  This levels the beds, scrapes off
the dry layer of dirt, and makes a nice surface for the opening plow to go
through and drop the seeds, all at the same time.  If I need to replant, I
often take the busters off and just use the opening plow by its self.  If I
need to scrap off more dry dirt, then I leave the busters on.

Hope this helps.
(West Texas) Mark

----- Original Message -----
From: "Willie McKemie" <mf at austinfarm.org>

> 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
> shelf"?
>
> 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 is
> 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 jumped
> 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 getting
> sweeps down the rows.
>
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