Bed prep tools.
The broadfork or grelinette is a cornerstone tool for regenerative commercial/human scale farming. A solid steel 600mm wide base and six 300 mm tynes with light weight wooden handles allows back saving ease to aerate and decompress 750mm wide permabeds in one pass.
By using 200- 250mm spacing between applications on your raised bed, the gentle movement of the handles toward you is enough for a deep soil penetration while not overly disturbing the soil web, resulting in numerous benefits including;
- decreased weed burden as buried seed is not brought to the surface from turning,
- leaving soil microbes (beneficial bacteria, nematodes, protozoa, fungi) relatively undisturbed,
- greater continuity of soil carbon creation. resulting in increased cation exchange, moisture holding, decreased fertiliser use and runoff,
- no clay panning,
- deeper and healthier root development,
- natural drainage,
- The benefits go on.
The Broadfork, a must-have no dig farming tool, providing deep aeration of the soil without disturbing soil structure or microbial life. Available from ActiveVista by Longley Organic Farm
Bed prep rake.
We use this very sturdy and lightweight bed (forming) prep rake from Johnny’s Selected Seeds (US).
Great for using after forming commercial permabeds with a Berta plough (as seen below on a walk behind tractor).
The bed prep rake lowers and widens the beds to the desired size, before broadforking. This will allow you to incorporate compost and fertiliser either with the Rinaldi power harrow possible without dragging the fertiliser, soil and compost or with the quiet and compact Tilther.
We use the tilther to prepare for intensive (carpet) planting of salads, kales, spinach and other baby leaf crops. Essential for preparing the top 30mm of soil for intensive planting, the tilther creates a seed raising style top layer with the following benefits.
- Great soil to seed contact to support maximum germination,
- Prepares a level and even harvesting surface, important for use with the Quick Cut Greens Harvester,
- Incorporates compost and fertiliser into the top layer evenly..
A joy to use, quiet and drill powered the tilther is great for use in hot houses. Available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds (US).