Today has been a long one.
I started off at 5:30 a.m. going to pick up over 2000 lbs. of composted cow manure.
The loading part was easy since my wife's cousin used his front end loader.
Unloading...not so easy.
After a couple of hours of shovel work I was able to grab the David Bradley and plow the manure into the garden. After about 20 minutes I realized that this is not a job for the old and weak but regardless it did 100 times better than any rear tine tiller could ever do.
I then hooked up to the disc and broke and leveled the soil. I was amazed at how good it looked after running the disc over what I had just plowed.
I then hooked up the cultivator, (with the five finger tines), and used it as a field cultivator running at an angle.
After running at an angle I then went over it again, running straight and I was absolutely amazed at the job the DB had done on my garden!
This is without a doubt the best that my garden has looked this early in the season. The soil could be seeded right now with no further preparation.
I already had some short rows of lettuce, spinach, radishes and onions growing so I simply side dressed with manure and then tilled it in with my Mantis tiller. Other than that, all was done with the DB.
This is NOT an easy machine to use. Going through the garden was a piece of cake but I have short rows and the turns were killers. Even though it's not easy I plan on using this tractor until I'm unable to do so. I was amazed at what a quality job it is able to do.
After working on the garden I then cleaned and coated the plow....fertilized my lawn.....scooped out the rest of the manure and spread it on a garden at our home and did a little work in the garage.
Like I said it was a long but productive day and I'm sitting here now feeling really good about what has been accomplished.
Time to throw some rib eyes on the grill and do some serious relaxing.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend.