Since we bought our 2520 in december 2010,we greatly expanded our garden last spring. Before it was postage stamp size. Well...it was eye opening. I tilled the grassy field in a approximately 90'x60' area,set up rows to 36" width,and planted . Not much thought on where things would be placed. The watermelon plants,squash,etc. overtook other rows. We had a heck of a time cultivating since things were so random...and we needed to cultivate alot due to the grass/weeds wanting to re-establish.
We had a very bad drought here in Texas with over 45 days of 100-110 degrees in a row. Sprinkling the garden was futile so we set up drip hoses down each row and next to the plants. As the plants became larger,weeding was only accomplished by hand. In the heat it was killer on my wife and I.
I want to do it different this year. I'm thinking roundup before we till,spacing the rows to allow my 60" tiller to go down the rows to cultivate,raise the beds with a row bedder,and set up a large raised bed for the watermelons and squash. What would ya'll recommend? We could sure use some input
Oh BTW,we fought moles too. I think we will put some kind of chicken type wire under the raised bed for the watermelons.Bad idea?