Tractor Garden Attachments!
We have almost finished passing through another winter, and now it is time to focus on getting the garden ready for what is a record breaking year of crops. Whether you have a home garden or a full scale farming operation, we have attachments that will save you time in the garden, and hopefully make every square inch of your garden more efficient. Our garden attachments can take you from virgin ground to high crops all by using your tractor’s 3 point hitch to break, bust, move, and clear the ground in as few passes of a tractor as possible.
All first time gardens, and most gardens that are less than 5 years old should start with a turning plow to break up the ground and turn the existing vegetation over to decompose. The biggest issue here is choosing a plow that will maximize your tractors power by turning over as much ground as possible. Most compact or sub-compact tractors use a compact tractor plow due to the narrow design of the 3 point hitch on these smaller tractors, and some larger tractors are able to pull 2 bottom plows turning over more ground than a single bottom plow.
Tiller or Disc Harrow?
Tractor operators all have their own preference when it comes to breaking up the dirt clods in the garden after plowing, but both are effective in their own way. A rotary tiller uses the tractor’s PTO (power take off) to turn the gearbox powering the tines of the tiller to tear through the ground and an adjustable lift gate on the back to control how fine the dirt is when it comes out the back. A disc harrow works very differently than a tiller, but achieves the same effect by using its sheer weight to push thin angled discs into the dirt clods on top of the broken ground and finish pulverizing it. The difference in a tiller and disc harrow is usually the price, as the tiller is much more expensive than a disc harrow.
Setting up rows and hills for your garden takes time, but much less when you use a garden bedder which turns three passes of the tractor into one single pass. The brunt of the work a garden bedder does is done by the discs. The discs are angled and spaced out to leave the dirt in a neat, straight hill. There is a set of sweeps that can be mounted on the back of the garden bedder that will dig out the tire tracks left by your tractor which helps to combat compaction. A furrowing attachment is an option that is commonly put onto garden bedders and digs a nice “V” shape into the top of the hill for you to put your seeds in. All of this can be done in a single pass that takes minutes with a tractor instead of hours with a hoe.
One Row Cultivators
We have all taken a hoe into the garden to pull weeds out of the garden, and remember how long it takes. A one row cultivator is built with a high center so it can pass over the crops while the tines are in the dirt pulling out the weeds. Once the cultivator pulls out the weeds, it leaves behind soft broken dirt once again so the roots can keep growing. The cultivator is designed to be useful until the crops reach a height tall enough to choke out the weeds on their own.