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Plow before tilling.....

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I'm working on expanding my garden and leveling out the hill top to do it. I tried to just run the tiller through but all the rocks were giving the tractor, tiller, and me a beating. I decided to run the plow through before I broke something. I'm using the Putt Putt, a 1961 Model 700 with a Model 19 Briggs engine(7hp) to do the job.... Don't let anyone tell you that you need a big engine to get the tough jobs done. Here's the proof..... Here you can see some of the almost basketball sized rocks that the plow pulled out of the ground without a problem. The nice dark soil at the near end is screened loam that I had trucked in several years ago. The far end is what's usually found around here, mostly sand and rocks. I live maybe half a mile from what used to be Griswold Sand and Stone(now Tilcon) and that's what I have.... sand and stone!!

Ooopppsss...... Got too close to the crater left by that pebble the rake is leaned up against. I did get stuck on that one, but just slipped the 5' pry bar under the right side of the rear axle and lifted her clear.

I was using the B-112 to plow the good topsoil aside before leveling out the sand-and-rocks sub layer. The Putt Putt puts more muscle to the ground with those 6 inchers than the B does with 10.5's. The rocks are being used to make a retaining wall. Hey, you have to do something with them....... I think that by the time I'm done removing the rocks, the hill top will be a foot lower at least!!!

Here's the view from the street. All that stone came from my property, about .6 acres. I have a lot more stone than that, too. The mulched area down at street level is where I plowed and tilled, then put down grass seed. I'll put the extra pumpkins, watermelons and cantaloupes down there. Then I'll use my Grandfather's trick and put up a sign that says "If you're going to steal the melons, at least wait until they're ripe!!".

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The landscape supply yard down the road from me sells rock & stone that size for $10 each or more. You're sitting on a goldmine. ;)Shipping costs may eat into your gross profit, though. Tacey

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Daddycat: All I find in the ground after plowing is potatoes, I missed after digging them up.:D Looks like a big drop off that hill.;) Very nice rock garden. Karl

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