Lucas Hatch's Monthly Review. This Month - The multi-change® Ridger

Published on: 02/05/2016

This month I’ve been lucky enough to test out the Wolf-Garten multi-change® Ridger tool. This is one of those tools that really looks the business, as it looks like a plough. It is designed to produce up to 20cm wide furrows for planting potatoes, as well as ridging up and earthing up around plants.

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I was itching to test this tool out and my first job was to ridge up the potatoes I had planted last month, and from the moment the Ridger hit the ground I instantly thought wow, what an amazing tool! It was effortless to drag between the rows of planted potatoes and after a few passes the earth was banked up and covering the early foliage, which should guarantee an increase in yield.

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My next job for the tool was to plant the remaining rows of potatoes, this time the second early variety, now that the risk of frost has hopefully passed. I used the Ridger on the soil that I had previously cultivated, which is important to remember, as I believe without doing this first the Ridger may not have glided so easily, especially in heavier soils like ours. In light, sandy or peaty soils it probably would not be a problem at all. Anyway, I was amazed at how quickly and easily it formed deep furrows with very little effort, and I soon had the seed potatoes in place, and when my grandad came to visit he could not believe how neat and professional the furrows looked. After I demonstrated and he’d had a go, he said he wanted one!

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