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Published on May 17, 2010
Splitting the Ridges at Beamish Museum using a horsedrawn Ransomes Ridging Plough.
Farmer Jim Elliot tells us about the process:
Today we've been splitting the ridges, we've put muck in the bottom then well go with the ridger, this is the ridger here and usually the mucks down in here and we split up here, cover the muck off that side and come back down here, split down there and then you make a ridge over the top of the muck which would be in the bottom, its in here now because weve already done it but here the muck would be in, and then when you plant your seed on the top, it's directly above the management and the muck and the goodness that it needs to grow so thats what were doing. Now all I'm doing, Im just cleaning the bottoms out and tidying them up before we drill them this afternoon so hopefully weve got a nice fine seed bed and were going to put mangolds in here and, we've got potatoes over there, they've been in about a fortnight, we're going to put mangolds in up to about here and the rest of the field over there we've going to put swedes in, so we'll have three different crops hopefully.