A common question we get is about the tools we use to grow our veggies. I thought you might be interested to hear the answers:

Our small Jinma tractor is used for lifting and pulling only – thats all.

Breaking new ground

We use a 60yr old recently renovated Clifford Cultivator for a new part of the garden with multiple beds. This is soon to be retired and replaced with our new walk-behind Rapid MONDO

We use our Mantis Tiller if we have just a couple of beds.

We then double dig and add amendments – biochar and compost. Maybe lime if we have time before the first planting.

Turning over a bed

Depending on the crop we are removing we will either cut it by hand, use a mechanical Stihl hedge-clipper , or simply the lawnmower set to cut low.

We might follow this with the smaller Mantis tiller to pull out the weeds and shape the paths between the beds.

We will then broadfork the bed and add amendments e.g. organic guano from Viafos, and/or our own compost.

Finally we will either sow our next crop or cover it with silage tarp and wait a bit.

Before we sow we will use the flame weeder to reduce weed pressure

Transplanting

To prepare the bed we will use a rake. Then we will flame weed to minimise weed pressure.

We find a gauging trowel to be more ergonomic than the standard trowel for transplanting.

Direct sowing

We will typically use the Earthway seeder with Elliot Colemans hack or a Jang seeder.

Cover crops

Crops that are direct sown are watered and covered by 80% shade cloth until they germinate, or with bird netting. If we need hoops we use rebar inside alkathene (insert rebar first and then bend!)

Irrigation

Timers by Hozelock and irrigation tape called Sumi soakers

Weeding

We use a niwashi for general weeding, a digidigi for harvesting and thistles, A stirrup hoe for quick weeding, and some homemade hoes.

We have recently purchased a couple of second hand Planet Juniors with different attachments. These will be use for weeding in and between the rows.

Thats about it, not saying these will work for you, but they work for us. Hope this helps