August 21, 2012

Best Giveaway Ever! - Win a New Troy-Bilt Cultivator

LYDIA WATCHES ME ( UNDER MY WATCHFUL EYE!)  CULTIVATE ONE OF THE RAISED BEDS WHERE THE SWEET PEAS WERE GROWING, AS I TURN-IN A GREEN MANURE CROP OF RYE WITH THE NEW BATTERY-POWERED CORDLESS CULTIVATOR BY TROY-BILT. NOW YOU CAN WIN ONE TOO -COMPLETELY FREE!

Are you ready for the biggest giveaway that I have ever participated in, ( I know, this is a good one!) Thanks to the nice people at Tory-Bilt, who first had me try out a new product of theirs - the new Troy-Bilt Cordless Battery Powered Cultivator - now you too - my faithful readers -  can win the same model for free! All courtesy of Troy-Bilt. To win, all will need to do is three easy things.( I know, I know..., but these little things do make a huge difference in my on-line ratings!).

1. Go an Fav Growing with Plants on Facebook ( if you haven't yet)
2. Follow Growing with Plants ( if you havn't yet)
3. leave a comment ( so that I can use randomizer to choose the winner). Be sure to add the phrase TROY-BILT in your comment.

It might be nice to also visit their Facebook Page, and fav them too!



The Troy-Bilt contest ends on Saturday night at 9:00 PM EST, and I will announce the winner Sunday morning.
Troy-Bilt will send you directly a brand new cultivator just like the one above.



 I tested out this cultivator with a little scepticism, recently, roto-tilling has been scrutinized for ruining soil structure, destroying worms and networks of microbes, but in certain situations, tilling the soil is still necessary - for example, brand new garden beds with sod removed, clay soil which is dense and heavy requiring added organic material, or in my case, new raised beds that have the perfect blend of organic material, ( I'm not bragging, but a could of my beds are loose and deep with loamy compost, so a good tilling helps mix in a green manure or cover crop). This time I used composted hay - yes, I could use a pitch fork, but with a cover crop or green manure, a soil cultivator is essential. I have a giant- old fashioned rototiller( the big 'ol Troy-Bilt model we have in the shed)but it is so heavy and powerful, that we only use it for corn and potatoes in the large vegetable garden out back. If you have raised beds,  a cultivator was never an option.
CHECK OUT THE WEEDS! REALLY, BY LATE AUGUST, I JUST ABOUT GIVE UP, AND ALLOW THE SQUASH AND PUMPKINS TO JUST TAKE OVER EVERYTHING!

 Now, with this battery powered model, raised bed gardeners have an easy option. First thing that I noticed, is that this device is light and easy to transport. I can lift it with one hand. Second, and this is important - it was easy assemble right-out-of-box, ( I'm not that handy with power-tools). Third, it is battery powered, so no gasoline, oil or electric cords. I would add that it may not be powerful enough to break sod, or till deeply, but given that few of us till in the same way we did 20 years ago, this is the perfect device - I will use it for weeding, as I can adjust the tines to cut only the surface of the soil, so next year, I will plant beans and potatoes in rows with just enough distance so that I can cultivate between the long rows. I probably won't use this in my raised beds, but I will use it out back in our back 40, where I grow long rows of crops like peas, beans and potatoes. Hand weeds long rows is impractical given my schedule.

LYDIA AND FERGUS INSPECT THE BED LOOKING FOR - WELL, BONES, I GUESS.
I AM USING THE FRESHLY CULTIVATED BED AS A HOLDING BED FOR MY EXHIBITION CHRYSANTHEMUMS, AS I STAKE THEM. I HAVE BEEN NEGLECTING THEM, BUT I THINK I CAN STILL SAVE THEM WITH A LITTLE TLC. THESE WILL BE 5-6 FEET TALL BY NOVEMBER- EACH TRAINED TO THREE STEMS AND DISBUDDED TO ENCOURAGE LARGE FLOWERS FOR DISPLAY.

++++++++++++ CONGRATULATIONS++++++++++++++

To reader -EMILY from Elkins Ark.!! For winning the Troy-Bilt Cultivator!
Thanks for participating everyone!

21 comments :

  1. Wow! This cultivator would be so great to win. I just built 3 new raised beds this spring and would love to not hand-clear them.

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  2. Ooooh! I want to win a Troy-Bilt tiller! Looks like a great way to till easily for those conditions when it's a good idea. Thanks for clarifying when it's a good idea to till and when not, as I'm not sure most people are aware that tilling is only necessary under particular conditions. Anyway, thanks for the chance to win, it looks like a handy little thing!

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  3. Roberta P9:06 PM

    Way cool!! I could so use this Troy- Bilt Cultivator on my rock- hard clay soil!! And hurry
    and get down to fall planting!!!

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  4. Some lucky person will win this sweet toy - I can only hope it's me!!!

    Love your blog - lots of great tips and garden info!

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  5. Just found your website today, looking for some information regarding green carnation. I feel so lucky that I can enter myself for Troy-Bilt giveaway! Love your blog too!

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  6. We have had a large 'Troy-Bilt' tiller for probably 40 years...it just keeps going & going! Now I have mainly 4' x 8' raised beds...a cultivator would definitely work in these!

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  7. Jeanann9:10 AM

    Troy-Built makes a great rototiller. We had one for many years and loved it!

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  8. How neat! I grew my garden all in pots and buckets this summer and have been looking forward to putting in raised beds or an in-ground garden this fall or next spring. This would be a wonderful help! (BTW, I don't do facebook for this kind of thing; I like to keep things in their own separate places. Friends only on fb, blogs in the reader. I do follow you via RSS though. Hope that's good enough!)

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  9. Well, alrighty then - TROY-BILT!

    I did recently decide that the main problem in my gardens isn't the plants, it's the soil (sandy, spent, compacted in many areas). Am devoting the rest of the season to improving the soil and aeration of the beds. The Troy-bilt could make all that a whole lot easier!

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  10. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Well, alrighty then: TROY-BILT!

    (Have decided recently that the main problem in my gardens isn't the plants, it's the soil. Am spending the rest of the season improving soil and aeration, TROY-BILT could help a lot!)

    Enjoy your blog very much, Matt!

    MBH

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  11. To roto-till or to not roto-till that has been an ongoing discussion in my house, my husband say 'YES' and I have been on the fence because of the reasons you list (break down of soil structure etc) but this TROY-BILT would settle things for sure!

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  12. How cool! I would love a Troy-Bilt.

    I liked Growing with Plants on Facebook (as Cheryl A)
    I follow your blog with Google friend connect also.

    Sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

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  13. I just bought the heart shaped neon green sprinkler you recommended and love it! So when I saw this Troy-Bilt Cultivator, my heart sang. I just finished my second year of gardening and look forward to going from pots to earth -- but that's a lot of turning up the soil -- and then this contest! So I hope I get 'randomized!' -- Love your blog and emails --look forward to the great photos and information -- inspiring!

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  14. Jeanann3:00 PM

    We have swapped out the half pipe (the skate ramp my husband and son built together)for a vegetable garden and a new Troy-Bilt rototiller would be just the ticket for cultivating this fall!

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  15. Man, that greenhouse that Troy-Bilt sure is awesome! ;) In all seriousness, a cultivator like this would really help break up the awful clay soil we have here in San Diego! I'm so tired of double-digging I can't even tell you!

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  16. alvaro11:26 AM

    I need this Troy-Bilt Cultivator!

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  17. I would love to win a Troy-Bilt tiller!! My blistered hands would love it even more. We've just cleared out all of our beds over the weekend.

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  18. Ready to rip up my water-thirsty lawn and get buffalo grass seed in, so this TROY-BILT toy will be a great help showing up my neighbors and their brown lawns

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  19. gfc follower and facebook follower- livivua chandler. My mother in law would love this for her garden

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  20. Oh looks soooooo handy! I want a troy-bilt!

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  21. I've only been following you for a short time because I just found your blog, but already I like it and have enjoyed all the information you pack into your posts.

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. Check out my post at www.floraseasons.com.

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