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Boney

Moldboard Plow Q.

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john-holcomb
Most farmers used to use the plow to turn under the top trash and allow it to rot into the soil,working the ground next with a disc harrow to smooth the soil and chop up the turned under vegitation. The last step was a spring tooth or spike tooth drag often with a cultapacker behind to final level the seed bed. All that being said, in my garden I plow, then use my homemade spring tooth field cultivator and am ready to plant. We then use the rototiller all summer between the rows. I think you can do it any way you want but a large rototiller set deep may bring back up the trash you just plowed under. My thoughts a little off as usual JW

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perry
[img]http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l226/perry71/2010disc002.jpg[/img] all you can do is give the tiller a try after you plow. just like mention above, watch for tiller to bring trash back up. i plow, then run a disc. the pic is from yesterday. have fun...perry

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I use the mold plow for the garden and general yard tear-ups. I have had so much more success pulling the mold plow over using a tiller to break up the yard. After I mold plow, I run the tiller to more finely churn the dirt. I was able to bring down a 300 square foot area by 6" by pulling the mold plow and using a grader blade. After that I ran a tiller and planted grass.

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dirtsaver
Herm I have followed the breaking (molboard)plow with the tiller with decent success,the only complaint being it's a bit rough going and requires time and patience. I much prefer to "drag" the plowed ground and then till or disc it,just like we did in the farm fields. All you need is a railroad tie or two fastened to the tractor with a chain and just drive over the plowed area untill you've knocked the furrow ridges down and the area is kind of smooth.

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Boney
Thank you all for the great info. Perry great pic !! dirtsaver when I put in my lawn I draged about 8ft of chain link fence with some weight on it to smooth out the dirt, are you talking about somthing similar to that ? "All you need is a railroad tie or two fastened to the tractor with a chain and just drive over the plowed area untill you've knocked the furrow ridges down and the area is kind of smooth." Thnx all

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Scott Salmons
In Indiana the farmers plow in the fall after harvest, the freezing and thawing break the soil down to a smoother surface that is easily worked. I guess I should have said used to, now its pretty much no till.

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jdm
Scott is correct. I always plan to plow my garden in the fall. Just let it be after that until it's ready to be worked in the spring. The soil is mellow and I can just drag an old section of harrow over it and it's ready to plant.

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