I am expecting 10K Saffron corms in June this year and I have been all over the internet attempting to find 1) what equipment to use to plant the corms. As they are corms I thought a potato planter will do the job because of the similarity in shapes but I do not know. Second is I live in Biggin Hill and there is a dearth of equipment hires locally.
There is a company called burdens.com but no matter how many calls, emails sms I send, I am ignored because my land is only 1.2 acres and I am tiny in my requirements. Others are not any better. HSS never have the equipment.
Is there anybody that knows a good equipment (cheap) that is mechanised like a ride on mower that can be used for the purpose. Since I will doing this regularly, I do not mind buying the equipment.
Please help as I am coming up fast to D-day and I have no idea except I am not planting these by hand. The reason I need the equipment is that I have given the local labour a chance and shall I say they do not come up to my standards.
I may not be able to do the whole work but I can do a bit and that bit will be done properly.
However the local help are not capable of that and hiring them will mean I eventually try and do the work myself which will be a double loss bcos once I agree to paying, I will find it difficult to "carp" and being forced to do the work myself will result in paying twice.
Can anyone recommend a piece of equipment, either hand driven or towed by a tractor or motorised cycle (forgot its name now - something x) that can at least dig the furrows to the right depth and spacing?
I can then plant the bulb manually. I am using clay beads to improve drainage. so topping up the holes will be the easiest part of it.
I need a suggestion of the equipment name that can dig the holes properly at least depth and spacing. Anybody?...
As I said, manually doing it -- My back will not stand the workload. Neither my hips. Nor my life.
So please help.