Here’s part of the new acre of ground John has readied for this falls planting. What was pasture a year ago has been repeatedly cultivated over the summer to burn off weeds in the hot sun, reduce predatory insect populations and with more compost from Net Zero produce a crumbly, chocolate cake like texture to the soil.
Here is the disc hiller in action. One pass of the tractor and a raised bed is formed. Our beds are 40 inches acress with 8″ spacing between cloves. That gives us 5 plants in a row. The bed is approximately 6-8 inches high depending on soil conditions.
John’s creative brain dreamed up this dimpler attachment this summer. Once the raised beds are formed he does a second pass with this dimpler and lays down the planting pattern. This makes the whole planting process much more efficient. We can easily plant 1000 cloves an hour including the rake-over to finish. The picture below gives you a better look at the finished pattern.