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Massey-Gravely Gardening In Nc: 2014 Edition

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#1 HowardsMF155 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 11, 2014 - 10:39 AM

I wrapped up with school on Monday May 5th, so I got started on my garden for 2014 on Wednesday.  First, I wanted to haul in some compost, so I made 4 trips to the local yard and brought home 4 cu. yards of compost.

 

Hmm....Just got news I need to clean up some kids.  I'll work on this later.

 


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Posted May 11, 2014 - 11:32 AM

So, I hauled in some compost and dumped it.  Since I didn't have my little helpers, I decided to try and work smart not hard.  I spread two tie-down straps across the bed of the tractor, attached to the side I wanted to dump from.  Then I spread a tarp over the straps and had them load the compost into the tarp.  When I reached the garden, I used a chain to "reach across" the trailer and hook to the strap which was under the load.  Then, I could use the tractor to pull from the side and roll the tarp and compost out of the bed.  It worked well enough that I'll use it again, only this time I'll use new, un-frayed straps, as I broke several while pulling.

 

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Then spread it with the Massey 12 hydro.  This is the first time I've used this tractor for blade work, I have to say the hydro control is great for this task!

 

 

 


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Posted May 11, 2014 - 11:44 AM

And to really get the compost spread out and mixed in, nothing like plowing with a Gravely rotary plow!  

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However, when I'd finished plowing the garden was still not as level as I would like, so I put together a disc of sorts and tried to get it set up so it would not leave bad furrows on either side of the tractor.  It seemed to work well.

 

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Posted May 11, 2014 - 02:03 PM

Howard, if you happen to have a piece of I-beam or even an old metal bed spring, you can pull that around as a drag and it will smooth out the whole garden.


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Posted May 11, 2014 - 03:02 PM

I am jealous of that rotary plow. I love the way it mixes soil.
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Posted May 11, 2014 - 03:08 PM

Howard, if you happen to have a piece of I-beam or even an old metal bed spring, you can pull that around as a drag and it will smooth out the whole garden.

My wife is pretty laid back about my "stuff" for the most part, but I don't think either of us would be happy with an old metal bedspring lying around.  Besides, one major issue is lack of a "headland" or turn-around area in the garden due to the way it runs fence to fence.  The twin disk setup is long enough, I don't want to add even more length.


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Posted May 11, 2014 - 03:38 PM

So let's see if I can post some pics that show what I planted where.

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Posted May 11, 2014 - 03:46 PM

My wife is pretty laid back about my "stuff" for the most part, but I don't think either of us would be happy with an old metal bedspring lying around.  Besides, one major issue is lack of a "headland" or turn-around area in the garden due to the way it runs fence to fence.  The twin disk setup is long enough, I don't want to add even more length.

 

You an pull the drag by itself then disc if you want to.


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Posted May 11, 2014 - 03:48 PM

So, Green Beans (Pole Beans, Snap Beans) of the bush variety and Butter Beans (Lima Beans) are planted in the planter box, each takes up half the length of the planter box.  Then, 4 ft spacing to the first row of potatoes, then another 4 foot to the next row of potatoes.  I wanted to make sure I had plenty of room later to mound up around the potatoes.  Then, first row of corn at 3.5 ft, second row at 18 inches, and a tomato with cage fits between the two rows and marks the end of the first planting of corn.  This arrangement still lets me run my equipment down the wide rows, keeps the tomato cages tucked out of the way, and the 18 inch spacing lets me squeeze a little more stuff in.  I feel that with hand tending and hand fertilizing, I can get away with that spacing.  So, a total of 4 rows of corn, half planted now and half to be planted later, with tomatoes marking the middle.  Then, a partial row of potatoes, and about 2/3 row of some pea crop my wife wanted, and the final row is garden peas, zucchini and squash.


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Posted May 11, 2014 - 03:52 PM

It sure looks good Howard.


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 04:38 AM

Nice job on the garden! I really like the Joe Weider wheel weights too. That's a great idea!


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 06:01 AM

Nice job on the garden! I really like the Joe Weider wheel weights too. That's a great idea!

Since they were free for the taking, I think it was a grand idea!  I had to invest some time and energy drilling the holes, but they were pretty easy to do.  Seems like once years ago I tried to drill some weights and they were VERY difficult, but these went smoothly.  The extra weight does help with traction even on turf, and having the extra weight wide and low like that helps on hills too.


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Nice big garden. I hope everything grows well for you.


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 07:22 PM

OK!  Either the zucchini or the squash has already broken ground here!  

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And I forgot to mention that I planted some onions in a "not full" flower bed.  Figured if I had to keep the weeds out, I might as well try to grow a small specialty crop like onions.  Yellow sweet onions on the left, red onions on the right.

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Posted May 13, 2014 - 06:54 AM

Yes!  I love jump starting my seeds by soaking them in water for a few hours before planting!

 

Corn is up!

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Wife's special crop is "Butter Peas" which is up!

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And the rest of the zucchini and squash row is up!

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