Glad The Glads Are In

I really need a wide furrow maker.  Call me lazy, but my feeling is that moving dirt in any way is best done from the seat of a tractor.  The  sub-soiler attachment did a good job of loosening the soil, but that was about all it did.   I still had to dig the trench with a shovel and that wasn’t a whole lot of fun.

Gladiolus Corms

I put 200 gladiolus corms in this trench and another 100 elsewhere.  Next will be 100 dahlia tubers.  I’m not sure if 400 corms/tubers is enough to bother making some kind of little V-plow dealie to bolt on the sub-soiler, but it sounded like a super idea when I was shoveling.

Comments on: "Glad The Glads Are In" (2)

  1. So I was looking around on the internet for some ideas of trellising for Gladiolus.. When I came across your Blog. Delightful. Thank you for sharing your process! My Husband and I are based in Massachusetts and own a produce business primarily, and this year I am indulging in flowers for a trial run. But when I saw this post about your trials with trenching and hilling… I thought I would share a piece of equipment that has saved our backs in so many ways…

    http://www.everythingattachments.com/Tractor-3-Point-Hitch-Field-Bedder-60-FB60-p/lb-bedder-60-fb60.htm

    With a little ingenuity, we have been able to make this work for so many things, including digging trenches for plastic mulch in our tomato beds, hilling potatoes, trenching for leeks, jerusalem artichokes, the basics of making raised beds in our area of intensive gardening… just to name a few. I am NOT affiliated with this company… just love this piece of equipment.. 😉 May many years of ingenuity save your back and let you enjoy one of the most wonderful things I have come to know… Gardening!

    Sincerely, Kyra

    • thinmac said:

      Thanks, Kyra, for taking the time to say something nice about my blog, and for the suggestion and link to the field bedder. Although I’ve heard lots of good things about raised beds, I haven’t yet become a convert. I hadn’t thought about being able to set up a bedder to make trenches – great idea. I can see that they are more versatile than I would have thought. I’m so small-time that $500 is a significant investment. I wonder if I could make one out of an old disc and some assorted pieces of scrap steel. Hmmmm.

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