Lining out plants with Ledmore Plough
Photographs courtesy of Abbie Gordon, Banchory.
Lining out machine possibly about 1965 but year and location has not been identified.
Alan Duncan from Newton Nursery comments:
‘The photograph is indeed of hand lining out taking place using the old Ledmore boards. It looks like the tractor is pulling a plough to make the notch for the placement of the boards prior to filling.’
It is almost certainly the Ledmore lining out plough which carried out two previously separate operations in one pass. Just behind the tractor wheel in the plough frame is likely to be one or two mould boards turning the soil over some of which would lie against the row of tree roots hanging down from the lining out boards.
Next in line is the wide roller which packs the ploughed soil (1) against the roots previously mentioned and (2) into a firm platform about 10 inches wide.
Finally and not clearly seen here, a coulter and board cuts a straight vertical face in the firm soil platform for the workers to place the next line of boards with tree roots hanging down.
Picture added on 09 February 2011