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19th Century Technology Helps Plant Pumpkins in Record Time

When Ted “Buck” Bradford found an antique, horse-drawn planter on his property, his wife dismissed it as “a pile of rust.”

But, when he decided to plant pumpkins on an acre of their land, he found the planter to be quite useful.

Pumpkin seeds should be planted eight feet apart and the planter’s large wheels covered eight feet each cycle. So with a little ingenuity, he rigged the device to help him plant the seeds and what would have been an all-day task by hand took only two hours!

For more on this story, visit www.stltoday.com/stltoday/neighborhoods/stories.nsf/jeffersoncounty/news/story/8E49F233225DB152862571AF00505EDB?OpenDocument&highlight=2%2C%22rust%22+AND+%22pile%22.

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