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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Creating a Garden Plot

I have a large raised bed and several containers that I try to do my urban gardening in (try b/c I haven't been very successful thus far); on top of that I have about a 1/2 acre of stupid rye grass or something not very pretty or productive. I decided I wanted to till a portion of the yard and expand my garden.

Problem - I don't have a tiller, can't see spending $450 for one, there are none on craigslist, and also can't see spending $80 to rent one for a day.

Solution - Maning the frick up, and doing it by hand.

Time it took to make a 5 x 8 square ready for planting = 2 hours.

Tools needed = Hoe, shovel and a rake.

It was such a beautiful day here I could not stand to be inside, so this was a fitting project. Several blisters later I had worked the earth into what looks like a nice brown patch. I have no idea if the grass will grow back, I tried to move the earth down about six inches over the entire plot. Hopefully this will allow me to double my production capacity in the coming growing season.

2 comments:

Humble wife said...

The vitamin D from being in the sun is so beneficial to you. We also are shy of the tools to ease our lives and therefore I have been in the middle of work all too often. It is good for the body and is a great workout that does more than burn calories:))!!

Kymber said...

Bahahaha - i loved the line "Solution: Maning the frick up and doing it by hand" - that was awesome! And glad to hear that you have more garden space and got a good workout!

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