Sunday, April 06, 2008

Rototilling Success!

We have a garden! We rented a large rear-tine tiller from Hardware Sales and really did it up nicely. Before we started tilling, we covered the native clay with 3-4 inches of 3-way (topsoil, sand & compost) blend - about 40 wheelbarrow loads raked out. It took 6 passes over the garden with the tiller to integrate the 3-way with our heavy, wet clay. It was slow going at first, we had to stop and dig out a lot of woody debris, rocks, and concrete chunks. After 6 times over it with the tiller, things were looking pretty good - plants would grow in it - but it was still really heavy. So we decided to put on annother layer of 3-way.
We only did 25 wheelbarrow loads (5 x 5) this time before we started tilling again.

After raking out the second layer of 3-way, we rototilled 3 more times. The soil is so much lighter than the clay we started with, though still fairly wet. It looks amazing!

I can't wait to plant. I don't think it's too early for peas and spinach, maybe some lettuces. Hopefully next weekend, if the weather is nice, we can get some in the ground!

2 comments:

Andy said...

Looks great guys! Hey Addie, talk your mom into starting a blog of their place - I haven't seen it in YEARS!

Addie said...

Heh. I'm not sure mom's computer skills are quite up to blogging... maybe someday, after she masters commenting! :)