Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 4:32 am

My Cub and the hitches and implements I made for it had their first real test last weekend, and much to my surprise everything worked. I ran the Cub pretty hard for, I don't know, probably six hours and it did a ton of work without complaint. I had two friends coming to help transplant tomatoes last Saturday, with rain coming on Sunday, so I darn well had to get everything ready on Friday!

Here are some pictures of my implements and field prep sequence, this is for about 2/3 of my tomatoes.

This field had never been used before so I'd turned the covercrop/sod under with a course, shallow rototilling a couple weeks earlier.

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Spring-tooth harrowed, with a 4' section I took from a 100-year-old 12' horse-drawn harrow

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Doing some deeper tillage where the tomatoes are going

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Chisel/S-tine on rear 3-pt hitch

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Beds raised

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Bed shaper on belly 3-pt hitch

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Laying plastic

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Plastic layer

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Water-wheel transplanter. I was particularly surprised that the Cub handled this one, I wasn't sure if I'd have to borrow a neighbor's tractor. But the Cub pulled it just fine, up hills, down hills, slowly enough that friends could sit on the back and stuff the plants in the holes.

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 5:38 am

Nice layout....I'm really envious of your soil....If I had that much plowed up I'd spend the next 10 years hauling cobblestone :bellylaugh: ....I haven't tried plowing with "Cubby" ....I might get a fast hitch plow and see what happens one of these days...I expect it would get caught in the rocks and be to tough on the tractor :mrgreen: ...Anyhow good luck with the tomatoes...Last year was a rough one .... Dave

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 5:45 am

Oh yeah I almost forgot....Nice job on your implements...You may want to post the schematics etc on the how to site....The hitch must be real handy as is everything else....Cool....Dave

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 7:17 am

I'm impressed with your set up. It works really well!!

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 7:37 am

That is a very thought out set up there. You should be very proud , great job.
Boss

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 7:38 am

you the man!

Todd

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 8:09 am

Like Boss said, looks like everything is well thought out. And it looks like it works as planned. Good job.

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Sun May 05, 2013 9:09 am

That is a good looking setup. As said well thought out, and well engineered.

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Mon May 06, 2013 9:59 pm

Me thinks the man is an engineer worthy of NASA

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Mon May 06, 2013 10:06 pm

David:

It is obvious that not only do you know what you need, but how to set it up and implement the plan. I am really impressed :D ... Cubs can do a lot more than conventional wisdom says .. Very well done :!: I have a feeling you will do well with them tomato's. I like the transplanter, but I am really impressed with the plastic laying setup.

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Tue May 07, 2013 5:49 am

Nice job on everything.

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Tue May 07, 2013 6:12 am

Very nice. Wow! Great thread, and great work. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Field prep, bed shaping, plastic laying, transplanting!

Tue May 07, 2013 9:59 pm

Any chance of getting some up close pics of that nice point and plastic layer. That would help a lot of us that have been wanting to use our cubs for plasticulture.