[Market-farming] making raised beds

Etienne Goyer etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca
Thu Feb 16 09:50:53 EST 2012

Hi Harriet,

I am in the market for a walk-behind tiller next season.  I am 
considering a BCS/Grillo, but they are really expensive.  I guess, if it 
is your sole soil-working machine, it makes sense to put a couple 
thousands toward it, and have a one that is versatile and reliable.  But 
it is hard to justify the difference for a machine I would use just a 
couple times a year.  I would rather buy a cheaper tiller (a Troy-Bilt, 
very likely), and invest the balance in tractor implements.  They're not 
any more expensive than walk-behind implements (sometime, they're 
cheaper, even), and they get the job done a lot faster.

But then, I've got 10 acres.  In term, I am hoping to have 5 acres in 
vegetables, and 5 in cover crop, so I *will* need a tractor for soil 
prep and mowing at that scale.  If I was staying at one acre or so, a 
walk-behind tractor would indeed make a lot more sense.

I have to admit: the Berta plow is an intriguing implement, though. 
It's worth watching the video on the Earthway Tools web site!  :)



On 12-02-16 09:20 AM, Harriet Allen wrote:
> I've got a Grillo Italian two-wheel tractor with a Berta plow. The
> raised beds are quick and easy with this and it is a good little tractor
> for an acre or so with a great tiller attachment. Also the BCS is the
> more common two-wheeled tractor available and takes the Berta Plow.
> If you are in the market for something like this, the smallest tractor
> would run you just over $2,000 and the plow just under $1,000. I got the
> smallest tractor that would accomodate the plow and sometimes wish I had
> gotten the larger one for clearance. I have larger tires than came with
> the tractor.
> *Hattie's Garden*
> 31341 Kendale Rd.
> Lewes, DE 19958
> 302-945-0350

Etienne Goyer  -  Le Jardin du Village

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