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.



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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.



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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





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