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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:40 am    Post subject: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Got this old cultivator frame and parts a while back. Decided to try to make a potato hiller. Hope it dries up enough soon to try it



 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:03 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

To hill them would you not want to twist the discs a bit more and remove the shovel in front. Or are you ditching for the planting first.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:04 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:13 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote









 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:13 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thinking that the plow will loosen up dirt and allow it to hill better. Garden will we plowed and disked first. Maybe dont need the front plow........
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:15 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

it will work!Use the center plow to plant them,,,take off the disks,,,then take off the center plow,,and put the disks on to hill
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:34 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks Larry! Pictures sure help! Hopefully we can get em planted this Fri. No rain in forecast until Saturday. We have never planted taters in the garden. Tried them in buckets, barrels and boxes, with very little luck.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:12 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The center shovel will work good for opening up a furrow to plant the potatoes then use just the discs to hill and the center plow might work good for digging the potatoes. I would remove the center plow for hilling and cultivate between the rows just before you Hill.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:20 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote



Add a drop tube behind your middle buster, a seat and a "dinger" and you can plant and hill at the same time. The "dinger" dings every 12". My planter is offset because I use a tricycle tractor. We plant over 800 feet of potato row each year without making a footprint in the dirt.

I got the idea of the "dinger" from Sam. He used to post on YT - I think he is from Ireland?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Keep at it grandpa you?ll be a big time operator !

Potato hiller does two five row beds at once
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:42 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I have THREE problems with plating taters

1) the crew goes M.I.A when it comes time to drop'em in the hole.

2) the crew goes M.I.A when it comes time to pick'em up

3) I have no good way to store them for a long time.

The crew as no problem eating them tho...

The big question that would go well with this post is how do those in the south store them...
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:48 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hobo we grew sweet potatoes last year and
got 300+ lbs. Stored them on a shelf in
our pantry. Cool and dark in there. They
are still good. Hope white potatoes
store as good
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote


We always buried them in a hole lined with hay or straw and covered the hole with a piece of tin. Put a layer of straw or hay on the top of them before the tin. They kept fine. We are not as far south as you so I don't know if it would work in the low country.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is how we store them.
Richard in NW SC

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:56 am    Post subject: Re: Tater hiller Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Yes, I keep forgetting about canning them : )
 
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