[Market-farming] Tillage recommendation?

breck bcarden at breckinridgegroup.com
Thu Jun 18 12:45:32 EDT 2009

I sold my Bcs 12hp diesel $4500 and bought a 20hp older ford tractor $1600
at auction. 4' tiller $800 ebay, $400 mower neighbor, box grader $150, and
etc.. My point is the tractor is more bang for the bucks and more versatile.
I have fixed beds, so I till with 4' only. I may wish I had a bcs when I
finish my hoophouse though.


For what it's worth,

Farmer Breck

Breck Carden

Carden's Garden

2400 E Hwy 22

Crestwood, KY 40014-7704

(502) 905-8066

breck at breckcarden.com





From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard Moyer
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:19 PM
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Market-farming] Tillage recommendation?


In this our first year of market gardening, am trying to choose between a
24-28 hp 4wd tractor and a mid-size walk behind such as BCS.  Hard to afford
buying both this year.


Have about 1.5 acres in cultivation, remainder of 70+ acres in pasture and
woods.   Only about 1/4-1/3 of an acre in beds now, the remainder in grains
and legumes for us and the poultry.


Neighbors are willing to plow and disc for a pittance.  But none of them
have a decent tiller.  There are only so many hours in the day to use the
broadfork then wheel hoe to renovate veggie beds, even though our soil is
deep loam and essentially rock free.


On a limited budget, should I buy the tractor (w/ loader, 4-5' tiller and
bushhog) first and the walk behind tractor second, or the other way around?
I'd rather not go the $200 tiller route.


Question 2:

On a 4wd tractor, which wheel base is preferred to till 48" beds, most of
them 100 ft long?  As long as the tiller is as wide as the wheels, does it
matter if the wheel base is 48" or 55"? 


Question 3:

On a walk behind, which width tiller is preferred for 4" beds?



Richard Moyer

Castlewood, VA

Taking mulberries, sugar snaps, bok choy and lettuce to market now. 



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