So my question is, do any of you till more than one garden for fun, just extra money or as a business? and if you do, do you wash the tiller before doing the next garden? It seems to be more popular lately to wash in between tilings to prevent cross contamination of top soil. I am just an armature gardener so I don't know. I would probably not wash before the next garden. Just wondering your thoughts, Noel
Friday evening question. Do any of you till more than one garden?
Posted April 10, 2015 - 03:49 PM
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 04:04 PM
Yes, I may be getting back into tilling for my customers again depending on the demand. I washed the tiller after every garden no just because of looks but because you never know if the late blight so common around here now could be transferred to another garden unintentionally spreading it around. Usually after 5 gardens or more depending on the soil conditions I sharpen the blades. Sometime I did fall tilling if the customer wanted but usually not.
Again it depends on the garden but I usually try to till when the soil was at the right moisture content, not too wet, not too dry and till in compost and shredded garden waste.
Rear tine tillers are the best but several passes with a mid or front tine tiller usually does a good job. Tine type plays a large part in how the soil is tilled, I have to go right now so I will let the other guys fill in more.
Edited by trowel, April 10, 2015 - 04:06 PM.
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 04:59 PM
Wash well and use bleach. We have tomato blight real bad throughout CT. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 05:06 PM
I washed it before, between, and after; at my place. $10 for 8x30, $25 for half an acre. That's enough fuel money to mow all summer! 😙
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 06:56 PM
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 07:10 PM
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 07:18 PM
Around here a 20' x 40' garden is $40 or more to till. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted April 10, 2015 - 07:27 PM
Posted April 10, 2015 - 07:36 PM
I do six or eight gardens here every spring and have never given that a thought. makes a certain amount of sense but I probably still wont do it . $40 minimum for me to till and it goes up from there.
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Posted April 11, 2015 - 07:03 AM
I till between 12 and 24 gardens a spring and I have never washed tiller. I have not had any complaints about problems with that. I do it with a 35 year old rear mount wheel horse tiller. I do it more for fun, but the money helps with the garden tractor habit. I charge starting out at $30 and go up by size. Also if it is sod and never been tilled I charge more and go over 3 times.
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