How to choose gardening attachments for your tractor
The snow has melted, the ground has thawed, and the days are growing longer. These are the signs that your wait is over: it’s spring! Now is the time to put your compact tractor and your tractor attachments to good use for all of the landscaping and gardening projects you dreamt up over the winter.
Before and after you plant, you will need to make sure your soil is in good tilth. Good tilth simply means that your soil has the right conditions for seeds to germinate and roots to grow. With Heavy Hitch attachments, a little bit of preparation, and maintenance, you will be well on your way to a successful yield in your raised row or furrow gardens.
Bedders, cultivators, and row makers: the trifecta for good tilth.
Just remember the advice of a wise person who once said, “your tractor is only as good as its implements.” If you are wondering which implements are best for your planting season, Heavy Hitch is here to help. Read on to learn about the tractor attachments that can help your gardening and landscaping projects take root.
The three best gardening attachments for your tractor after primary tillage are disc bedders, cultivators, and row makers. Each of these implements serves a unique purpose in preparing and preserving good tilth for your plants all growing season.
Fortunately for our customers, Heavy Hitch makes a versatile and efficient gardening attachment set that includes all three implements you need! With the full set you can shape, ridge, bed, and cultivate rows for gardens and farms in a single pass. No sweat, and no tears!
“As handy as pockets on a shirt. Well thought out and simple in design, easy install.”
Prospective Heavy Hitch customer
Below are brief introductions to the form and function of each implement so you can decide the perfect set-up for your planting and growing goals.
Disc bedder. Also known as hillers or hippers, disc bedders are circular-shaped attachments used to shape row beds. A minimum of two disc-bedders are positioned at opposing angles to push soil into long, narrow hills. Our super strong disc bedders can cut cleanly through weeds and roots while piling soil high enough to protect crops from wind, flood, or heat damage. Our disc bedders are fully adjustable along the width of our heavy wall toolbar for rows custom-built according to your specific planting conditions.
Cultivator. Heavy Hitch designed strong and flexible s-tine springs that help break up topsoil ahead of planting or for weeding. As your tractor moves along the row beds, s-tines vibrate to loosen and level the soil. The unique shape of s-tines allow for shock absorption against roots and other obstructions while effectively cultivating friable soil essential to healthy root growth and proper drainage. Additionally, gardeners may use s-tines to improve soil structure and nutrient content by adding amendments or fertilizer. Just like our disc bedders, our s-tine cultivators can be adjusted with ease along the heavy wall toolbar to tear your weeds and spare your crops!
Row maker. Also known as a furrower attachment, row makers create planting furrows for easy, even seed or plant distribution. Small but mighty, this little attachment allows you to prepare for planting in the same pass as your disc bedders and cultivators. No need to waste time nor fuel! Our row maker is just as adjustable as other Heavy Hitch gardening implements, so you can ensure the proper depth for your seeds to take root.
An attachment set made in the heartland.
Our versatile and efficient gardening attachment set does most of the preparatory work for you all at once. You have the choice to buy single implement or the entire kit:
- Two 14” disc bedders, with 16” shanks and two mounting clamps with u-bolts
- Two s-tine springs, including 7” Danish sweeps with bolts
- One adjustable row maker
- One 2” x 48” heavy wall toolbar
- 2” receiver insert
As mentioned before, each implement is fully adjustable thanks to a unique sleeve and set screw system set along the 2” heavy frame toolbar. You can fully customize angles, spacing, and depth of each implement on your attachment to suit a wide variety of crops and growing conditions.
By the time your gardening attachment set arrives, make sure you have a two-inch receiver hitch for your tractor, just like those found on SUVs and trucks. Heavy Hitch’s gardening attachment set is designed to connect easily to a receiver hitch on your three-point hitch. Once connected, your gardening attachment set will raise and lower along with your tractor’s hydraulic system just like a standard three-point attachment.
“Boy, was I impressed with the results. I wish I had this tool years ago. Would have saved a lot of blisters!”
Heavy Hitch customer
Each implement is American-made in Minnesota, the heart of the heartland. Gardeners and farmers alike trust Heavy Hitch’s gardening attachment set for cultivation and maintenance needs from seed to harvest.
You can choose individual implements or purchase a full set in a durable, environmentally friendly powder coat. When ordering, just select your preferred color from Green (matches John Deere), Orange (matches Kubota), and Black.
Assembly worth the fruits of your labor.
Thanks to our adjustable sleeve and screw system, the Heavy Hitch gardening attachment set is as efficient to set up and store as it is to ship. As Tim Marks from Tractor Time with Tim says, “some assembly required,” but “there isn’t much needed for instructions.” Check out Tim’s helpful video below to watch a step-by-step process of unpacking and assembling the whole set:
You can also follow the four-step instructions below for your own assembly process:
- Receiver: Slide the receiver insert onto the toolbar. Set the receiver insert into the 2” receiver slot on your tractor, and secure with the pin and spring key.
- Disc bedders: Attach the mounting clamp using two u-bars around the toolbar. Adjust the position of the clamp to the desired width before fastening. Insert the shank of the disc bedder and adjust to the desired height before fastening. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the toolbar.
- S-tine springs: Position the s-tine mount onto the top of the spring and insert the bolt. Loosely secure with the lock washer and nut. Slide the s-tine spring onto the toolbar and attach the sweep with a bolt and nut. Repeat on the opposite side.
- Row maker: Insert the row maker into the receiver insert and secure with a bolt and spring key.
“This is a very well made tool…makes it so easy to mount and remove.”
Heavy Hitch customer
After your initial assembly, all that is left for you to do is fine-tune adjustments for your trenches and furrows. Tim finally took his gardening attachment set out for its first spin once the rain cleared up. Watch and learn how Tim found the right configuration to hill his ‘taters’ below:
As you can see, an experienced tractor operator like Tim finds his groove with just a little trial and error. By adjusting disc bedders to a more aggressive angle, higher row beds are formed as the tractor pulls the gardening attachment set through the plot.
Once you bring the gardening attachment set back in from your plot or field, there is no need to disassemble the implements. Heavy Hitch designed this attachment for easy storage on the floor, shelves, or wall mounts. Our attachment is simple to assemble, easy to lift, and strong enough to till your fields from sow to reap.
Using your attachment for raised row and furrow gardening.
Whether you plan to plant in furrows or hills, you can trust the Heavy Hitch gardening attachment set to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. The method you choose for gardening will depend on a variety of factors including climate, soil composition, seed types, and personal preference.
There are several benefits to furrow and raised row gardening, including:
Furrows help channel water alongside your plants for effective, efficient, and even irrigation. Once your seedlings have taken root, watering your furrows will encourage healthy root and leaf development.
Moisture and temperature regulation.
Raised beds or hills can protect crops from standing water or drying out too much, as well as sun and heat damage. Tilling helps to break up compacted or crusted soil so that it is friable, or the optimal consistency for a seedbed.
Pest and weed control.
Regular maintenance of your furrows using disc bedder and cultivator implements can combat weeds and pests in the soil or on the surface. Occasional tillage can tear up weed roots, prevent fungus, and even activate natural predators like beetles, ants, and spiders in your fight for pest control.
Furrows allow for a well-organized and spaced garden that can result in higher yields by the end of your growing season. By using your tractor and gardening attachment set from Heavy Hitch, you can set yourself up for the best ROI possible! Raised and furrowed rows are suitable for harvesting manually or with equipment.
Do you still have questions about the best approach for building furrows? You can consult this helpful guide from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO’s guide includes step-by-step details for shaping and spacing furrows to suit a variety of crops and conditions.
After you research the best approach for planting, you’re ready to prepare the rows. Take care to leave enough space between each row for future passes on your tractor with the disc bedder and cultivator implements. If you plant seeds in rows too close together, you’ll have a lot more trouble weeding and hilling the soil throughout the duration of your growing season!
The gardening attachment set “buried my too tall taters just right…it trenched them good!”
Heavy Hitch customer
Adjustments to the Heavy Hitch gardening attachment set are quick and easy, so you can build the garden of your dreams. If you own the entire set, it should take one pass after primary tillage to shape your rows and planting furrows for seeds. After that, just sow the seeds according to the instructions on your seed packets, and cover with the recommended amount of soil. You may begin immediately with furrow irrigation methods, or choose instead to water the hills until your seeds germinate and seedlings form. To determine the best method for irrigation, you may want to consult sources familiar with your particular climate, soil composition, and crop choices.
Check out the handy chart below that details the recommended depths and spacing for seeds of common crops grown in furrowed or raised rows:
|Crop||Depth||Seed spacing||Row spacing|
|Beets||0.5 inch||6 inches||18-24 inches|
|Carrots||0.25-0.5 inch||6 inches||16-30 inches|
|Corn||0.5-2 inches||18 inches||30-42 inches|
|Lettuce||0.25-0.5 inch||12-14 inches||14 inches|
|Peas||1 inch||1-3 inches||18-48 inches|
|Peppers||0.25 inch||12-24 inches||18-36 inches|
|Potatoes||3-4 inches||10-12 inches||20-26 inches|
|Radish||0.5 inch||4-6 inches, after thinning||8-12 inches|
|Squash||0.5-1 inch||24-28 inches||36-60 inches|
|Sunflower||0.5 inch||6 inches||24-36 inches|
|Tomatoes||1-2 inches||24-36 inches||36-72 inches|
|Watermelon||0.5 inch||4-8 feet||5-7 feet|
Are you curious about other fruits, vegetables, and herbs? Visit Veggie Harvest to explore more crops along with detailed planting and growing instructions, or your local seed supply.
For a breath of fresh air, choose Heavy Hitch.
The easiest part of your spring and summer gardening projects is choosing Heavy Hitch for your bedder/hiller, cultivator, and row maker/furrower implements. Whether you choose a single implement or the complete set, you can trust Heavy Hitch to help you furrow your garden and not your brow!
Congrats on your new Heavy Hitch gardening attachment set. We think you’re going to love this growing season even more than the rest.