Row by Row Episode 97: Advantages vs. Disadvantages with Different Wheel Hoe Attachments

Variety of Wheel Hoe Attachments

Our popular Single, Double, and High Arch Wheel Hoes are known to make gardening easier and with our variety of wheel hoe attachments, it makes working in the garden more manageable than ever. All three wheel hoes come with a set of cultivator teeths which is used for breaking up the soil to do preventative weeding in the garden. You can use up to five cultivator teeth on the wheel hoe, however, we have found that using less is better because if there are too many it tends to clog up. The most popular wheel hoe attachments that we have are the plows that have a left and right plow. To use the plows in the hilling position, you must put the right plow on the left and the left plow on the right to ensure they hill vegetables correctly. The second wheel hoe attachment that makes it easier to garden is the oscillating hoe which is available in a 6, 8, and 12-inch. If you have harder garden soils to work in this attachment is one of our strongest weeding attachments to use for managing the vegetable garden. Another great wheel hoe attachment is the sweeps which have a few limitations. The sweep blades are zinc-coated and made to overlap one another so you can control the size of the desired weeding path. Depending on your soil type and the amount of weed pressure you experience you should go with the sweeps if you’ve got softer soils and tend to stay on top of weed pressure a little more. However, go with the oscillating hoe iff you’ve got heavier soils and lots of weed pressure in the garden. Another advantage of using the sweeps is you can get super close cultivation next to plants that are in the ground. The fourth wheel hoe attachment is the winged sweeps which are similar to the sweeps but have a little bit different shape. The ideal setup for the wheel hoe is to have two or three-winged sweeps to ensure they work properly. Next, is one of the most misunderstood implements that we carry which is the disk harrow. This disk harrow is made for seedbed preparation, incorporating compost in the soil, and close cultivation when moved in a different position. The last attachment that the guys mention is the spreader bar which is more of an accessory that is used to extend the wheel hoe toolbar for adding more attachments.

Show and Tell Segment

On the show and tell segment, the guys discussed watermelons on last week’s show and forgot to explain the watermelon fertilization program. Greg mentions that watermelons are a long-term crop that takes around 80 to 90 days, therefore, you need to split up fertilization as much as you can and not apply them all at one time. The ideal amount is no more than 120 units per acre of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s best if you spoon feed it and bust it up while using a well-balanced fertilizer like 20-20-20 and alternate with calcium nitrate. Watermelons also need zinc, boron, and magnesium that is available in Micro-Boost.

Viewer Questions Segment

On the question and answer segment this week, the guys answer questions about spraying leaves and heat-tolerant lettuces. Travis mentions when spraying anything on the garden it’s important to have a nice nozzle or sprayer that will atomize what you are spraying so you don’t spray too much and have it running off the leaves. When growing lettuce the Cherokee and Tehama have been proven to be the most heat-tolerant varieties that we carry on the site.

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