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I am planting a small radish and turnip plot. Everything has already been sprayed with roundup. Is it best to use my rototiller to break up the ground or should I just scratch the surface up and throw seed down?
 

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I would rototill it, you'll probably get better results. I planted my turnips and Beets last weekend but not to late. Good Luck
 

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I agree with the others. Tiller up!!
 

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Does anyone have concerns with poor germination from rains washing the small turnip seeds to deep into the fresh tilled ground?


I always thought you need to roll the plot after tilling so the small turnip seeds can be placed on a firm seed bed. Then roll the plot again to work the seeds into the seed bed. Unless your trying to work something like lime or larger seeds into the soil, I don't see the need to till or disc. You till to loosen the soil then have to roll twice to compact the soil.


I usually spray, wait two weeks for everything to die, spread the seed and then pull a drag over the area to work the seed into the thatch.
 

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We've had really good luck with just spraying twice(1 month apart) and then cultipacking or rolling the seed. Preferably before a rain.
 

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I would till for turnips and radishes as they will have big bulbs under the ground. If they are on top of a hard surface, you'll probably end up with small, shallow bulbs.
 

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We've had really good luck with just spraying twice(1 month apart) and then cultipacking or rolling the seed. Preferably before a rain.
👍 We don't till either since tilling just brings other weed seeds to the surface. Brassica seeds are very small and germinate fine with good soil contact.
 

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For the small plots we have we just till it, drive over it with the tractor with a little bit of fencing behind it to smooth things out. It usually, firms up nice and then we throw do the seed and drive over it again. Pretty good results the last couple years.
 

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If you till, you will release a ton of seed that is dormant, in your soil. I spray, kill, and
scratch the surface, then seed,
and roll after planting.
 
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