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wellington womble

Small area to 'plough'

I want to plough (or something) an area of very rough grass about 20 x 20m. I think I need something more heavy duty than a rotavator, but I can't imagine a farmer will want the bother of trekking out for such a small fiddly bit. What can I do?
Falstaff

Not all rotavators are "Merry tillers" Rolling Eyes
Rob R

You could perhaps look around the area for a vintage tractor club - the old boys (and girls) would love a challenge like that to potter about on.
Mistress Rose

I would think that a rotovator would do that perfectly well. It is not a huge area for a petrol rotovator.
wellington womble

It's really rough and uneven though - I'm no do concerned about the area, as the state of it.
Mistress Rose

Our soil is light, but has a lot of flints in it. It never did our rotovator any harm. If you have heavy soil, it will be harder to get the rotovator through, but probably no worse for it. Good luck however you decide to get it dug over.
dpack

a local agricultural /environmental college might want a rough patch to teach rotovating ,it might be worth a phone call,the local one to here often use bits of land where folk need some odd task doing.
the quality of the result is variable but tis free and fairly easy to arrange.
RichardW

Do you know anyone with a mini digger?

I do lots of gardening with the grab on ours.
Cathryn

Re: Small area to 'plough'

I want to plough (or something) an area of very rough grass about 20 x 20m. I think I need something more heavy duty than a rotavator, but I can't imagine a farmer will want the bother of trekking out for such a small fiddly bit. What can I do?


My vegetable garden is about that size. Jack ploughed it, have you a neighbour farmer? I have also used a rotovator after the first ploughing.

I regretted the ploughing as it left me and the weeds with a large area of fertile soil and the weeds (in this case mint) won the race. Unless you want the whole area straight off you might be better doing bit at a time with a Rotavator?
gregotyn

Rotovating is really an operation to do prior to ploughing. You rotovate to a max of about 2" then leave it to encourage the weed seeds to germinate and then you plough 8", (a spade's depth), so that you bury the weed seedlings and anything else, so reduce your weed problem germinating into a crop. This was how we used to do it as we always spread manure on the ground first-a wonderful source of weed seeds-then rotovate the top and plough it in after weed seed germination, then any other cultivations such as raking a tilth to sow our seeds in was done shallow, so as not to encourage any more germinating seeds. It is a practise I have followed at home in the garden as well as it was done on the farm. If you ploughed deep enough you can use a rotovator to do the raking for you, but keep it shallow. The following year the manure from the 'deep' that was buried and the other vegetative decomposed matter was brought up to give fertility to the top layer. And the process starts again!
BahamaMama

Horse drawn plough? A small area might be useful for practice or training and horses/ponies are maneuverable in small spaces.
Treacodactyl

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dpack

https://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/dupont/FarmingWithDynamite/Mimage08.html evil5


that booklet has some ace tips

from a different source i rather admire ditch clearing with det cord Laughing
wellington womble

Thank you TD! I may get consider it...

I do know a local farmer - I am seeing his wife at ballet tomorrow, so I will ask her then (she's complaining she hasn't seen him this week, though so I'm not hopeful!). No mint, and I will plough (or whatever) then dig in some manure and put weed supressing membrane on top, except for the spuds, which I will just earth up. If I ever get them in, of course.

There is loads of room, I just don't need to whole field just yet.
gregotyn

All that diesel I have wasted ploughing and it looks as though I could have done it with army volunteers on a training session! dpack

to make a pond a high velocity shaped charge will dig a hole for the second which needs a bit of fast to soften the ground but is mostly slow velocity/high volume which forms the crater without chucking bits too far .

there are infernal machines that combine both in one go but those are a bit bigger than required for most ponds and are best dropped from about 10000 ft Laughing

thinking about such things i recon ww1 trench warfare with artillery , mines,plenty of added organic matter etc etc might have improved the soils a lot (apart from the unexploded ordinance and extra lead )
Mistress Rose

Some people just lack finesse Dpack. Laughing WW is wanting to plough the land not spread it over the surrounding countryside. wellington womble

Tis old mining territory around here. Might be be appropriate! Anyway, the neighbours deserve it!
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