A couple of weekends ago I picked up a garden tiller at a yard sale. $30, wouldn't start, but when the guy pulled the starter cord, I could hear there was fire inside. I picked up a fixed gear beach bike for my wife, another $10. Nice stuff.
So I hauled the tiller home, and tore it down. The belts were good, it needed a new spark plug, and a cleaning for the air filter. I cleaned out the carb, reattached the fuel line, and put everything back together. It took a few yanks on the cord, and spraying starter fluid in the intake manifold (ala the War Boys from Fury Road, prompting many a Mad Max gardening quote) and it roared to life.
After this, I discovered that despite knowing how to repair a tiller, I had no idea how to use it. I did it wrong. I did it a lot wrong. I didn't need instructions on how to put spinning disc knives in the ground.
I did need instructions.
After getting instructions, the tilling and breaking new ground has been remarkably easier. With the tiller I can do a week's work of soil breaking and amending in an afternoon. Over the course of one weekend, I turned the entire garden bed over twice. Most of the garden has since been planted.
Whats in the garden?
sugar snap peas, alaskan peas, and dragon tongue beans in the oldest part of the bed. Legumes are nitrogen fixers, and will restore nutrients to the soil.
Tomatoes, a lot of different tomatoes.
Eggplants, and such.
The beet box, a mammoth 27 square foot gardening box, was constructed from wood scavenged from shipping pallets. It is full of heirloom carrots, beets, and radishes. Lots of tastiness.
A constructed a folding A-frame trellis for cucumbers to climb. According to pinterest, this is a good way to grow them, with the plump vegetables hanging out of the bottom of the trellis, rather than being hidden in the grass and potentially run over by the lawn mower.
Some plant updates
French pink pussywillow didn't bloom, but the bundle of sticks I purchased exploded with greenery. Next year it will bloom.
Red Sand Cherry - an ornamental blooming cheery bush with bright red leaves, bloomed a little, but is covered with glorious red foliage. Love it, but like the pussywillw, I bought it as a stick in a pot on the cheap.
My wife is on a flower kick, this time around its gerbera daisies and columbines. d**ned pretty flowers. I approve.
This is one of the reasons I haven't been around much. The yard beckons, and I answer.