As I have written here before, our farm crew has a dislike of hoeing. Ramon and Miguel are able to almost eliminate this activity with the use of two weeding machines we imported from Europe 8 years ago. To ensure that these expensive machines work effectively we have to start with beds that are very flat. The crop has to be sown or transplanted accurately so that we can hoe it very close with these machines without damaging the crop. We use a bed shaper also known as a power mulcher to make these beds. It was born in Fresno and has served us well. Surprising to many, it is lined inside with a special plastic which does not allow the soil to stick to it. This keeps the beds smooth. It also allows us to cultivate the soil with a higher moisture content and get an even smoother bed as seen here without huge clouds of dust being created. The plastic does wear out and we end up spending about $1,000 a year replacing it.
Billiards is a game like pool from the old country.