Making Straight Garden Rows
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
" To enable one man to mark out straight rows in the quickest possible manner." writes R. J. Dallinga of Summit county, Ohio, we stretch two, strong cotton lines, which cost us about 25 cents apiece, where the first two rows are to be, say, 3 feet apart.
"From a garden drill we remove all the seeding attachments and run the drill wheels over the first line from a to a. Before running back on second line (b to b) we put the stake of line one from a to c. When we arrive at b, stake of line one is moved from a to c, which puts the line in position for marking the third row. Before running the wheel on the third row from e to c, stake f line two at b is moved to d, which puts line two in position for the fourth row, etc.
" For long rows we use one measuring stick at each end of the rows and one in the middle. The middle stick is pushed into the ground against the line to prevent the wind from displacing the line. When we plant day after day we do not take up the lines at night, but simply loosen one end to prevent their breaking from shrinkage. The time to wind up the lines would cost far more than they are worth. We can better afford to buy new lines, say, every two years."