After covering the potato seed pieces with the plow, the field was rolled to crumble the soil and press down the furrow slices. The next step was harrowing twice with the spike tooth harrow, pictured here. This step levels the field to make cultivating less bumpy, and will be repeated in a week to uproot superficial weeds. The harrow works about 2 inches deep over potatoes planted 5 inches deep.
The Furrow is the online newsletter of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. We will be updating this site about once a week with crop reports and other insights into life on a horse-drawn living history farm.
|THE FURROW: The online newsletter of Howell Living History Farm