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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:14 PM

I'm a bit late getting it tilled and it actually didn't get tilled last fall so it was pretty nasty. I had grass clumps growing  here and there so I hauled them out before I started. I got the Troy Bilt Jr out of the shed and got it going without too much grief. What a nice tiller for a small garden like I have.  I've only had this tiller for a couple of years after finding it for 40$ at a yard sale without an air cleaner. I spent about $100 on it and got it working pretty well. It had been sitting for 15 yrs and had low hours. It still has some paint on the tines now. 

  I tilled it twice, once shallow and then deep in the opposite direction. Added some Peat moss to try to help with moisture retention, lime and 5 or six bags the compost and manure. Tilled that in and it's looking pretty good. It's supposed to rain for a few days which should help dissolve the lime and soak that peat moss. Another quick till after that and planting will begin. It seems late to a lot of folks but we have still been getting frost almost every night. 

 


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:29 PM

Glad you could finally get out there, Brian. Guess I'll have to take pics of our garden so you can drool on the keyboard!


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:34 PM

I find we usually have a warm fall here and harvesting in September isn't an issue for a lot of crops. I'm looking forward to when I retire and will have more time to maintain the gardens. I'm toying with the idea of clearing some space to make another one but it's expensive to turn woodland into a garden. Where I grew up it was farm land and fertile soil. Here the soil is gravel and rocks. I guess when I retire we could always move back to the valley to a property with more open space.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:52 PM

We broke into virgin soil this year! Already ate a bunch of radishes! Got lots of things going. Should have turnips ready before long!


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 08:47 PM

Good to hear you're finally getting in there, Brian. The wife and I planted the rest of the garden today with the exception of the peppers and tomatoes. They go in tomorrow. It's milk jug city out there right now.

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:04 PM

Glad to hear you finally getting some garden time 

 

Brian.

 

Good luck.



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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:09 PM

Good Deal JD., Glad to hear you got it worked up and ready to plant. Post some pictures when you can.



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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Good to hear the garden is going in.  Mine will have to go in soon too.



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Posted May 17, 2014 - 11:15 PM

Better late than never.

We are still having frost here, no garden yet either :wallbanging:



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Posted May 18, 2014 - 05:24 AM

Glad to hear you got some gardening time in . Maybe you might want to try a small raised bed that you could cover with plastic to get a little earlier start . Or a framed cover using the garden area you have now .  I use both but not as well  as I could if I had more  time to spend ,like you maybe when I retire   



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Posted May 18, 2014 - 06:05 AM

Glad to hear you got some gardening time in . Maybe you might want to try a small raised bed that you could cover with plastic to get a little earlier start . Or a framed cover using the garden area you have now .  I use both but not as well  as I could if I had more  time to spend ,like you maybe when I retire   

 

That's a good idea Al.  I plan on making some cold frames against the south side of the house. There is a local garden enthusiast/writer who has published a book where she shows how you can grow some things all winter in this climate. Since she is a 10 minute drive from me I know I should be able to do it here as well. As always it's hard to find the time to do this stuff with everything else. 


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Posted May 18, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Brian...congrats on getting to the garden . Bet it feels great to start working the soil again. Hope you get some nice rain and then get to planting this week.
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