[Market-farming] the best bed shaper

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Tue Feb 22 20:14:37 EST 2005


If your on a tight budget and disease is not a problem then raised beds are
a low priority. We need them is South Jersey for two reasons a raised bed is
easier to establish small seeded crops like parsley and basil. On flat
ground they are often washed away or muddied over after a heavy rain. We
have a big problem with a soil disease called Phytophthora blight, a raised
bed helps drain away excess water that normally carries the disease... The
Lesche bedder originally called the Teder Bedder named after the seed
company that sold them was  designed in NJ for our soils but they work well
on any soil that is reasonably stone free. The Meeker harrow discs on the
rear of the bedder are what sets this bedder appart from the press pan type
machines when seeding on bare soil.. .Bob.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

JOHN A HENDRICKSON wrote:

> Funny, I was just looking at and admiring the Lesche on the Market Farm
> Implement site a few days ago.  My question about bed shapers is: how
> important are they on a market farm?  In other words, on a smallish
> market farm with limited capital to invest in implements, is a bed
> shaper a low-, mid-, or high priority?  Do they bring significant
> advantages that can help a farmer be more efficient in growing crops?  I
> currently do spend a decent amount of time making 4' by 100' beds by
> hand (after rototilling) and will need another system as I increase in
> scale.  I'd like to hear more from folks who use bed shapers about their
> utility and benefits.  Thanks.
>
> -John




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