04-20-2016 Journal – Back to the Garden!   Leave a comment

It’s been a beautiful and almost warm morning today which allowed me to get busy in the garden for a couple of hours.  I’ve been doing my best to get all of the preliminary chores out of the way as soon as possible.  Today was the day.

I was worried about my old rototiller as always.  It’s been used hard for six years and I’m always concerned that it won’t start.  To my surprise the little sweetheart started right up without any hesitation. Say what you want, those Sears Craftsmen tools are hard to kill.  That was the best $150.00 I ever spent.


It took about 45 minutes to finish and now the soil is well mixed and loose down to about 14 inches.  All of the root vegetables this year will be loving life.  Here’s the finished product.


As you can see I finished rototilling and immediately began installing the fabric. I’m reusing most of the fabric from last year which will save me a few bucks.  Thanks to this fabric 2016 will be a weed free year.

Next on my list was installing the sprinklers.  I ran the hoses through the frames and fencing and attached the sprinklers. They should give me more than enough coverage for the entire garden.


Right in the middle of my workday the grand kids arrived to take their grandmother on a walk.  I took a few minutes to chase the oldest one around the yard and to wrestle a little.  A short time later they left for their walk and I returned to my final task for the day.  The compost pile.

A few days ago I found a product in a garden center which when added to a compost pile promotes decomposition.  I took the rototiller to the compost pile and stirred things up a bit. I sprinkled the product liberally through the piles, mixed them in, and covered everything with a tarp.  It should make the compost I use later this year and next much richer.


With my list for today completed I can relax for a while.  A nice hot shower will feel great and give me enough energy to get out and run a few errands. Since the better-half is working this evening my time is my own. Here’s a shot of the garden, end-to-end.



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