Hand Tiller?

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  1. JasonOhio2018

    JasonOhio2018 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I don't have access to a disc, I've called everywhere I can find trying to rent a tractor and a disc in order to plant a 1 acre food plot. (Brassicas) All I can find is a brush hog. I have a 4 wheeler but also no disc. Has anyone here ever used a hand tiller? I'm sure it won't be easy but I'm not sure what other options I have at this point. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Did anyone have a Pull behind tiller for a tractor? depending on what condition your plot is in that would work just as good as a disc.

    Around here several rental shops have them for rent. If they don't then I would try to round up a couple buddies and their tillers. Plus a cooler full of cold beer.
     
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    I did a half acre plot with a rear tined hand tiller last year and it worked great. It takes a little time but it go the job done.
     
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    Use a rear tine tiller and you can do it. Just takes time. A lot of places like Home Depot rent them.
     
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    yep be sure to rent the biggest one they got and then get ready for some work but it can be done. We used to do about a 1 acre garden that way.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. I feel a little better now. It will be worth all the hard work I'm sure. Getting a few shooters on camera lately.
     
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    You could always try and go no till if you can't break ground.
     
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    Yep, what bje80 said, for brassicas just roundup area so you have a good kill and spread brassicas seeds along with fertilizer on dead thatch. Drive over plot with your atv tires and do so right before a rain. Scoot
     
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    Use one every year to do all of my kill plots. I bowhunt over them. Works like a charm although it's a little bit of work. Sweat never killed anybody (yet). They seem to work well enough.

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    Thanks for the pics. I plan to attempt planting next weekend. I'll update with pics.
     
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    I forgot to mention, I also use a rake (to cover seed) and a bag, seed-broadcaster. Although, I've been known to hand-spread seed as well, although a broadcaster makes the seeding more even. I usually just do wheat and oats because I've always been on a tight budget. Takes me about 1 day to do all the plot work, from clearing sticks, tilling, raking the vines and stuff out of the area, to tilling, seeding, and covering.

    I actually really enjoy it although it does take some work. Best of luck to you.
     
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    Thanks so much for this post. I am going to do the same thing next year.
     
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    Sadly we do all of our plots except one with a rear tine tiller....someday I'd love to upgrade to a four wheeler capable of the ground hog max attachment. Right now though pops and I both grab a rear tine tiller and start going to town.
     
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    Here is the one we have for our Kubota. I worked our 1 acre plot with it last year and it worked well. Currently I am looking for a good disc so I don't have to use the tiller so much.

    If your going to get a tiller for a tractor I would go reverse tine if you can

    RTR25 Series Rotary Tillers | Land Pride
     
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    I used a box blade this year. Worked well for us. here's a little sequence of pictures of what the area looked like before and after.

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