hilling disc setting

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  1. geo in mi

    geo in mi Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What's the soil temperature? 60 degrees or better, it should do fine, even the supersweets. The standard OP corn should be okay. Under 60, dunno, maybe if it's treated with a fungicide.


    It took my potatoes about three weeks to show, then one row shot up, will hill it Monday--rest, sometime next week.

    geo
     
  2. stachoviak@msn.

    stachoviak@msn. Well-Known Member

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    I just planted 10 rows of Serendipity sweet corn.
    used up all but about 100 seeds of a 1000 seed pack..
    almost 80F here today. rain forecast for tonight and the rest of the weekend. night time lows in the high 50's. corn should do good.
    peas finally showed their little faces.
    no potatoes yet. Sunday will be 3 weeks since I planted them,. dug one up, not rotted..
    anxiously waiting for the day I can hill them with the new hilling discs..
    .....jiminwisc.......
     

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    stachoviak@msn. Well-Known Member

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    well, it rained here early this morning,
    that should be good for the newly planted corn.

    Geo, I didn't stick a thermometer into the ground, but I dragged the garden the day before I planted and the dirt dried out to about 4 inches deep. I figured that was warm enough..

    I broke down and bought 2 yards of compost garden mix. really good stuff , from a local garden supply company. double composted.
    I am going to build a couple of raised beds for my onion plants and beets. I figure there will be way less weeds in the compost compared to my garden soil. and the weeding, if any, will be easier to do sitting on a chair.

    On the news last night they showed a woman who had a yard full of bathtubs for her raised gardens.. must have had a dozen of them..

    ......jiminwisc....

    I just finished setting 263 assorted chicken and duck eggs in the incubator. these are for a friend.
    things should be popping around here on the
    4th of July..

    ........jiminwisc.....

     
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  4. stachoviak@msn.

    stachoviak@msn. Well-Known Member

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    after 22 days, my potatoes have finally emerged .
    soon I can try out my new potato hiller.

    didn't do much all day. then late this afternoon
    I took Ollie, my tractor, and dug out a few rotted poplar stumps. they all came out nicely , except there always has to be one stinker.
    I dug down deep all around it and rammed it from all angles. got it busted off well below grade and put all the dirt back into the hole and leveled it out.

    I have one birch stump to go after yet.

    ......jiminwisc....
     
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    stachoviak@msn. Well-Known Member

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    got the corn planted , the potatoes are finally coming up.
    today I built two cedar planters. going to put beets into one and onions into the other.

    yesterday I dug out a huge tree stump.
    I dug all round it with the tractor and loader.
    then I pushed it from every angle until I knocked it loose..
    no more mowing around that monstrosity any more..

    ...jiminwisc.......
     
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    got my onions and beets planted, finally.
    lawn needs mowing again, already..

    ...jiminwisc........
     
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    stachoviak@msn. Well-Known Member

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    I gave up waiting for the garden to dry up so I could plant my tomatoes.
    DD #1 came and helped me.
    I dug holes in the wet dirt, filled them in with
    lots of really good compost and planted ..
    we did 75 tomatoes and 50 peppers..
    onions are growing, beets, beans and corn are up. potatoes need weeding and hilling soon.

    I have 263 assorted chicken and duck eggs in the incubator. chickens due in about a week
    ducks due on July 4th ish..

    Our Maremme LGD gave birth to 10 healthy purebred puppies yesterday..
    ..........jiminwisc...........
     
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    we finally got two consecutive days without rain. yesterday and today.
    today I took the rototiller and ran up and down the potato row twice.
    then I did the bean row. each of these rows are 190 feet long.

    then I tilled all 9 of the corn rows.

    ate supper and took two wrenched out and removed all the spring teeth from the quack digger/cultivator..
    put the hilling discs on.. spaced them extra wide on purpose until I get the hang of using them. made a pass up and back on the potato row. they worked like a charm.
    in a few days when I hill the potatoes. I will have to angle the discs more severely.. shoot for about 45 degree angles. then move them closer together and see if I can get the job done without ripping out too many potato plants......

    .......jiminwisc....
     
  9. geo in mi

    geo in mi Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What diameter are the hiller discs? Would a larger size move the soil better without doing damage?
    geo
     
  10. stachoviak@msn.

    stachoviak@msn. Well-Known Member

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    good morning geo,
    the discs are 16"
    I was just out looking at the hilling job I did at dusk last night. It looks very nice.
    however, I checked the angle with my square and it is about 35 degrees.
    I have the shafts 36 inches apart.
    for my next run I am going to leave the shafts where they are and just turn the discs to 45 degrees.
    the discs are not too small. they deposit the dirt very nicely up the potato stems..
    rain today so any work outside will be delayed again.
    I bought a 3 point Titan trailer hitch for the tractor. I am going to make a tool bar for it and make a buster plow for digging the potatoes.
    I am planning on making mounting brackets for the discs, too. that will free up the present tool bar for the spring tooth cultivators.

    I am incubating eggs for a guy who will do any welding I need for this project..

    ........jiminwisc.......
     
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  11. stachoviak@msn.

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    good morning,
    update on the potato hilling project.

    I turned the discs to 45 degrees. left the shafts spaces at 36". made a pass through the potatoes.
    It worked very fine. but the spacing was
    too wide. I moved the shafts together to about 28" apart.
    that made the distance between the discs at their closest point, 15".
    made another pass at the potatoes.
    the tip of the dirt ended up right in line with the plants. couldn't ask for any better.
    It started to rain before I got out of the garden. how's that for good timing ??

    I will be taking pictures today.
    I will try posting them here..

    ......jiminwisc......
     
  12. stachoviak@msn.

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    well, there ya go. my first attempt at sending pictures.. I have no idea why they repeated themselves..
    anyhow. the one picture is of the 190 feet of potato row.
    one is of a close up how the hill turned out.
    one is of the discs on the tool bar.
    32" between the shafts,,
    15" between the closest points on the discs
    the discs are at 45 degrees..