Thursday, May 18, 2006

Plastic Mulch Laying Sequence


Here you will see a sequence of photos showing my home made plastic mulch laying operation. the first picture is a close up of the apparatus holding the roll of plastic under the belly of the tractor and the way I get the plastic started under the tires. The next series shows me forming the bed in preparation for laying plastic. I no longer do the acrobatics of standing on the rear tool bar while driving the tractor. The extra weight was not necessary. I have more recently added wheels to the rod which carries the plastic roll which makes it possible to carry it higher. I was having trouble reaching the roll to foot brake it as the roll decreased in diameter. Even with the roll carried higher one still needs long legs and a good sized foot to make this work. Yesterday I designed and built a rig for marking holes in plastic for planting with a hand carried device I use to make the planting holes and slugging them with water and fertilizer. It worked well and I was able to put in around 700 pepper plants in a couple of hours. Posted by Picasa

5 comments:

phout said...

hi! This is Phout. Thanks for showing your new device, again this is an amazing home made tool. It is cheap but work very effective!

The good thing about plastic is that it can keep moisture, insect and agaisnt weed but using natural mulch would be preferable to me as you know that mulching is the key to soil improvment and friendly to the environment.

aftonknight said...

Is that drip tape I see under the front of the tractor in the lower Picture? Also, How do you bury the edge of the plastic?

ChileFarmer said...

Martin, thanks for the mulch photos. Looks like a must try. CF

ChileFarmer said...

Martin, thanks for the plastic mulch photos. Looks like a must try thing for me. CF

ChileFarmer said...

Very good lessons. I have a bed shaper but not the other equipment. Thanks for a how to make it work. CF