Saturday, May 13, 2017

Field Prep Pt 1 -- Tilling the Land -- Playing with new Toys

So what is all this indoor seed starting leading to? Big thinking. A massive garden expansion.

Since the yard has absolutely nothing growing in it, I figure that this would be a good year to actually do something to it.

After recently watching some urban farming videos, I got inspired to go ahead and invest in making this yard grow. The landlord had no immediate landscaping plans with this part of the houses, so gardening commenced.

To work the soil though, I needed some heavier duty equipment from the hand tools I have. The obvious acquisition was a tiller. I did some research and the cost for the tiller I got would result in two days of rental from the local hardware store. So I settled on buying.

Introducing the Earthwise 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded Electric Tiller and Cultivator. This bad boy got some good reviews, and it only cost $120. Add in a few extension cords, and it was time to till the land.

This tiller was really easy to assemble out of the box, and incredibly easy to use. Due to the recent rain, the blades ripped through the moist dirt like nobody's business.*

Throwing in some organic matter and soil from some of the older containers in the container garden, and this land turned into a garden plot.

A little work with the hoe and shovel, and the beds were partially shaped, all in a few hours. Now to prepare them for planting....

*When operating this tiller, be sure to not run over the power cord. Also, be sure to know where buried pipes are prior to digging.

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