Friday, March 19, 2010

Rototilling the garden

Every Spring the garden is prepared for the planting season. This is the time of year when we're not thinking of weeding, watering, and, yes, the work it takes to harvest all those crops. In our minds there are no rabbits, raccoons, deer or armadillos. We've ordered the seeds and are getting ready to get those cold-weather crop seedlings: lettuce, broccoli, cabbage-- to name a few.

When it begins to turn warm, we anxiously wait for the garden to dry out enough to be able to rototill

  • If the ground is too damp we can get stuck in the mud. 
  • If we wait too long we miss out on the full growing season. The heat of the summer comes early in Tennessee. 
 Four-wheel drive helps, but it's not always enough. So it's an educated guess between jumping the gun and waiting longer than needed. This year we got lucky. Being on site, we could jump in at just the right time.

"A labor of love" best describes this Rite of Spring. Hearing the growling, rumbly sound of the tractor's diesel engine is the music. Get a small taste for yourself from the video (click on "YouTube" to enjoy it from there).


  1. You are a funny man! When I think of all the effort Michael and I have put into gardens over the years (everything by hand) I am amazed at how quickly a rototiller makes it look so easy!!!

    Now I am container gardening (no lawn) so it's a completely different story.

    I love your garden. Just how big is it?

  2. Funny?
    The garden is about 60' x 120' ?
    The rototiller made it feasible to have this garden when we could only be out here on weekends; it pulverizes the soil well so that planting is much easier.


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