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#1 HowardsMF155 ONLINE  

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Thought I'd start a thread on my gardening this year.  I've been gardening off and on for about 11 years since we moved into this house.  Some years have been better than others.

Last year, I thought I'd try to add a bit more space to my garden by building a "planter box" right up against the fence where I can't get my equipment to cultivate.  So, this puts a row of vegetable up against the fence rather than  a grassy walkway.  Then the dead furrow acts as the walkway, giving just a touch more vegtable growing room.

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Here is a video of me plowing with the Massey.  As you can see, the area of the garden is somewhat confined.

 

Great fun to plow and roll dirt that way off the plow itself.  Normally I'd probably plow with my Gravely rotary plow, but I had already used that for several hours somewhere else and my feet were hurting.

Here are some after shots, when I'd finished.

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And the plow I did it with:

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Other years I have enjoyed trying a number of things, even some delicacies such as watermelon and cantaloupe.  This year I'm going for a little less variety and more of the basics.  Two rows of potatoes, Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac, two blocks of corn, Silver Queen and Ambrosia if I remembered last years tasty treat correctly.  Sweet peas and cucumbers in one row to climb.  Then snap beans and butter beans up in the "planter box".  I'll work in a few tomato plants and some summer squash for my wife, and that should wrap things up.

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 06:39 PM

You're making me hungry.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 06:43 PM

Great job plowing in the confined space.

Please keep us up to speed on your growing season.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 07:04 PM

Howard, thanks for that great video.  That Massey sure is set up right.  Great looking plowing.  Keep us posted with that garden.  Thanks for sharing it.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 07:15 PM

Howard looking good! Thanks for the video!


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 07:21 PM

Plowing with that Massey looks fun. Great job


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 07:31 PM

Plowing with that Massey looks fun. Great job

It WAS great fun.  I've plowed this area enough that the dirt plows easily, the tractor has the power and weight to do the job, and it puts just enough load on that the engine starts to grunt some.  I've made up my mind this year's present to myself is to make it to a plow day, just for the fun of really stretching out the Massey's legs.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 07:40 PM

Actually, it was enough fun I decided to let Son #2 do a bit of plowing.  He had been asking if he was now tall enough to try, so I thought I'd let him.  Things went well till he reached the end of the furrow.  He stopped abut 2-3 feet from the fence, went to put the tractor in neutral to turn it back over to me and popped the clutch.  Unfortunately, he'd managed to pop the transmission into 4th and the tractor jumped forward and put a crack in the fence before he could drag it to a halt again.  

SOooo, it will probably be a while before he gets to drive that particular tractor again.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 07:53 PM

Nice that he's trying to be involved... sorry o hear you lost some fencing.

 

Glad the boy and the Massey are OK.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 08:08 PM

Howard, thanks for that great video.  That Massey sure is set up right.  Great looking plowing.  Keep us posted with that garden.  Thanks for sharing it.

Dave, just FYI here is the tractor set-up: 

Engine-Tecumseh 12 horse from a Craftsman rider.

Rear tires- ATV, filled with about 7 gallons water/RV antifreeze mix.  Mix added 50 lbs each.  25 lb weight mounted to the outside.

Front tires- filled with 3 gallons windshield washer fluid, just over 20 lbs. 

25 lb weight on the plow just to make sure it goes in.

As you can see in the video, it pulls well, in fact after the video was shot I moved the plow to the left on the drawbar so it would take a slightly larger bite.  The steering does lack authority when manuvering with the plow up, so it might be nice to either add a bit more weight or change tires to a ribbed style.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 08:12 PM

Lookin good.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for the video and pictures :thumbs: That Massey does a great job!


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 09:57 PM

I think you will do well with the ribbed tires.  Again, nice job there. :thumbs:


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Posted April 06, 2013 - 07:15 PM

The weather has been rather nasty here during the three weeks since I last posted, so no new progress on the garden.  I'm not in a hurry to put seeds and potatoes in the ground and have them rot.  Perhaps in another week or so.

 

In the meantime, I have been doing some combined Gravely/Massey work at my Dad's house.  The winter weather left a lot of debris in the yard, and I am really hoping to sell this house quickly and be done with all the extra work.  So I went down with the Massey and a Gravely to run the broom attachment.  Once I finish loading to YouTube, I'll post a link, for now there is a picture.

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This year the job went pretty well.  My two older sons really buckled down and worked hard along with Dad raking the pine straw up.  The Gravely would do a decent job getting the pine straw into windrows, then we would let the Hydro Massey creep down between two rows while we raked on either side and one raking clean-up in the middle at the back.

 

OK, added the video.

 

 


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Posted April 06, 2013 - 07:20 PM

Once the debris was cleaned up, we went to work cutting down the weeds that are greening up and trying to grow.  The grass is mostly centipede and is still dormant.  I needed to cut a rather steep bank that has been planted in winter rye or something, because the grass there was higher than my ankles.  The Gravely always amazes me with the terrain it can traverse, so I had one of my boys take a video while I just drove back over an area I had mowed previously.

 

YouTube video to watch.

 


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