Repurposed Toboggan Used to Plant Big Garden

This New York gardener found a creative way to make gardening easier.

| May/June 2018

  • toboggan
    A small yard tractor does the job of pulling the planter behind it.
    Photo courtesy FARM SHOW Magazine
  • toboggan
    An old toboggan saves wear and tear on Preston's knees.
    Photo courtesy FARM SHOW Magazine

  • toboggan
  • toboggan

When planting thousands of plants in his garden became more work than fun, Gene Preston pulled out a toy from his childhood. Twenty years later, at 76, the Rochester, New York, gardener still uses his 8-foot toboggan, only now to plant his garden. What's even better is that the IH collector uses his 1981 Cub Cadet Hydro 682 to pull it.

"I used to crawl along the ground planting," Preston explains. "It was killing my knees."

The wooden toboggan, with its curled up front and ample length, has plenty of room for Preston, three flats of plants, a radio, water to drink, and cushions to kneel on.

"I had to put wheel weights on the tractor because in the sand the wheels would slip a little," Preston notes. "It's also nice that these Cub Cadets have variable speed hydrostatic drives so they're perfect for adjusting the speed. Peppers are closer together than squash, for example, so the tractor has to go slower."

Preston starts the planting process by driving his Farmall tractor to mark rows 40 inches apart with trenches for plants. He places flats of plants at the ends of rows so they are handy to pick up when he is on the toboggan.

During the week that he plants nearly 5,000 plants including tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other varieties, he doesn't have to worry about ­ finding an adult to pull him on a planter.



October 19-20, 2019
Topeka, Kansas`

Join us in the heart of the Midwest to explore ways to save money and live efficiently. This two-day event includes hands-on workshops and a marketplace featuring the latest homesteading products.


Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters

click me