[Market-farming] Potato furrows and eggplant (separately)

Pam Twin Oaks pam at twinoaks.org
Sat Nov 3 17:08:23 EDT 2012

Two things I'd like to hear the collective wisdom on:

What do folks use to make furrows for potatoes? We used walk-behind
rototillers with attachments for years. This past year we got a set-up for
the tractor, but it didn't work well. It used a set of discs arranged to
push soil to each side. But it wasn't deep enough and we got a lot of green
potatoes. I've heard of some people using a middle-buster - is this the
best thing? (If so, I'm putting two on my wish list right now!)

Second, can anyone recommend a good heat-tolerant eggplant variety? We like
large traditional shape purple-black ones. We love Nadia, but this summer
it refused to set fruit for a while. Are there "hot-set" eggplants? I need
a reliable productive one, probably a hybrid.

Pam, twin oaks Community, central Virginia, zone 7a
Pam Dawling

Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a
Few Acres
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