Wednesday, 1 August 2012

DIY Potato Lifting Plough

It's just turned wet here again, but I'm feeling smug. Last week the potatoes were going down with blight, what's so good about that you may ask. This is the first year that we've grown a field scale patch. That sounds like large scale, but really it was tiny by commercial standards, just too big for me to dig by hand. Of course, you've guessed it, I hadn't bought or made the device with which to lift them. So after a couple long days with a pile of scrap metal, a welder and a sore back, I finally produced the 'Glangwili Potato Plough'. Basically it's a two furrow (un)ridging plough with metal bars instead of mouldboards. It works by the point running under the root, breaking the ridge open then lifting the potatoes to the surface. It worked well and the spuds were up and in the barn the day before the rain set in. That's why I'm feeling smug, isn't it great when it works out like that. However, I'm going to make the most of it, it doesn't happen often.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Richard! Happy to mention your book on my blog. And writing the first draft is the most difficult for me. I really enjoy the editing phase. I just need to get the story on paper so I can figure out what I'm doing!