Sunday, June 1, 2008

Blisters, Muscle Aches, and Rototilling

Rototilling. One word to describe it - ouch.

On our way to rent a rototiller from Home Depot, we stopped at a house with a "Rototilling" sign in the yard. My husband asked the man how much it would cost to have him rototill our little corner of yard. The man said $65.

We decided to rent from HD instead at a cost of $35 for four hours, or $50 for twenty-four hours. When we were done with the rototilling, we almost stopped at this man's house again just to tell him that his $65 would have been well worth it.

The rototiller is hard to hang onto - it takes about every muscle in your body. Getting our little corner of yard tilled up took about three hours and several blisters and aching back, shoulder, leg, and especially forearm muscles. But we managed it. And my husband got the rest of the rotten stump out and the root system that was shallow enough to be in the way of the garden.

We tilled it added some old compost where it was needed, smoothed it out, and then planted. One more time, here are some before and after pictures.

Before:

During:


After:

We planted corn, peas, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, spinach, carrots, a few large sunflowers, a few small sunflowers, and some calendula flowers. The large sunflowers will be for the birds. The small sunflowers will be for our table, and the calendula flowers will be to look at and to harvest for their petals. Their petals can be made into preparations to put on cuts and burns, etc.

Here are a few pictures of some things in my front yard.

I'm not a good gardener because I can't remember the names of these bushes that we planted in front of the house a couple of years ago. I absolutely love them when they are in bloom:

I also don't know the name of this plant. I saved it from the back corner of the back yard before hoeing it clean of everything. It's now in the front yard by the lamp post along with some pots of geraniums. All I know about is that it's a perennial:

The red and white-blooming plants in the lower left are azaleas:

Now we wait while the freshly planted back garden does its thing.

5 comments:

Q said...

Getting the soil ready for seed is hard work!
Once your ground has been tilled up you will be able to plant every year. I too grow veggies. My favorite dinners are garden fresh.
I love your split rail fence. I always have wanted one.
It is so nice getting to know you.
Namaste,
Sherry

Hedgewitch said...

hello there! its all looking good.. I hope you have a great gardening season :-)

ICQB said...

Thanks q, and thanks, Hedgwitch. We've been having gentle rains for the past couple of days, perfect for the garden.

XUE said...

That is a great garden already! I love gardens & gardening. We move around & it's difficult to remember what grows well well (in different climate). In Hongkong, our garden got torn apart by typhoons 3 or 4 times a year.

ICQB said...

Hi Xue,
Typhoons would definitely be hard to deal with in the garden! No typhoons here, just lots of deer and rabbits. Those will be the biggest worries for me. Just becuase things have sprouted, doesn't mean they won't quickly become critter salad.

The garden I had when I lived in New Mexico was my favorite. Everything grew - just add plenty of water!