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Plot Selection:


A.  Select a location that has the most uninterrupted direct sunlight per day.

B.  The closer your garden is to a water source the more likely you are to actually go out and water your Garden.  Your garden will not flourish without water.

C.  Assure that there are no underground power lines and water pipes on your selected site.

D.  To find out how fertile your soil is, take a small sample of your soil for analysis to your county agricultural extension office.  They will tell you what minerals your soil is
      lacking and that will tell you what type of fertilizer will work best.

NOTE:  Large rocks can destroy your tiller! 

What types of crops should I choose?

If you are a 1st time gardener, you want to succeed on your first try.  We recommend you start with vegetables that are easy to grow. 
Ask your local garden store these questions:

        A.  What are the most common and easiest vegetables to grow in your area?
        B.  What are the best or most common fertilizers for your area?
        C.  How and in what quantities do you apply these fertilizers?

Seeds

If your rows are going to be greater than 10 feet long, buy Your Seeds from a local “Feed and Seed store".  You can buy seeds by the ounce and at a far cheaper rate.
The colorful packages you find in most stores have very limited quantity of seeds and are expensive.

Fencing

We recommend you put a fence around your garden especially if you have pets. Any ranch and farm supply company will have all that you will need.

  A.  Dogs in particular enjoy the soft soil for burying bones, chasing games, and digging up cool areas to lie in.
  B.  When installing your fence, leave about a 16 inch walk path between the fence and your garden rows.
  C.  We also recommend some type of artificial predator for your garden. ie. A fake snake, owl, or iguana will help keep birds away. Otherwise there is a
       risk of losing some of your seeds to rodents or a bird's appetite!

Watering

When watering make sure you're doing it long enough:  If you're in a hot climate you must water every other day.  Water early morning so that the water will have a chance to soak into the soil and not evaporate.

We did find that if planting in the traditional methods (one seed in one hole at a time), seeds planted on the row mounds seem to germinate faster than those planted in the furrows. However, after the seeds sprouted, the seeds planted on the furrows required less watering time because the water channels and collects in the furrow (closer to the root systems). Our crops went through two severe storms. One 2-1/2 inches of rain with 45 mile per hour wind gusts, the second, heavy rain with 50 mile per hour wind gusts. None of the plants were pulled out by the roots, all of the methods held, except for the corn. Both times the corn stalks were pushed over on their side like all corn in heavy rain and wind. When the weather cleared, we were able to stand them back up in the soft soil. The second time, we devised an easy inexpensive support system to hold them up during storms. The system worked perfectly. When the third storm hit, we were ready. No damage!


Caring for your RowMaker

- Rinse your RowMaker after each use.

- Disassemble and clean each piece individually.

- There are a total of 17 pieces that comprise your RowMaker.

- Every so often you'll need to lubricate the Wing Bolts and Weight Support Bolts to maintain the ease of installation and removal of the RowMaker Blades.  Any oil or silicone base lubricant will work. All bolts are designed to be hand tightened only. You should not have to use tools to install or remove them. 
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