The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Automatic root extracting machine

digging in the dirt

Sometimes an old fashioned shovel beats out a fancy roto tiller.

Big, thick, Poke root extraction is a task that needs someone to invent a solution for in the form of a tiller like machine. Maybe it will somehow use a small, flexible auger to chase down and grind up any unwanted roots within a 4 foot deep perimeter?

Hopefully it'll be easier to start up than our tiller was last year.

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

Using a spud bar to pry up a huge poke root
I'm surprised you didn't start talking about dynamite again when you saw that six inch deep root that ran several feet into the earth.

Comment by anna Sun May 2 21:58:43 2010

(But hold the dynamite :-) )

Build a tripod (wooden or metal beams) over the stubborn root, get a slipknot over the root and use your 4 ton winch to pull it straight up.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon May 3 13:01:39 2010
We probably should have done something like that --- we weren't able to pry the whole thing up. Luckily, it was in the aisle, so I'm hoping a few years of mowing will do in what's left. If not, we'll head back to the come-along! (Mark likes that almost as much as the idea of dynamite. :-) )
Comment by anna Mon May 3 16:12:18 2010

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.