Sunday, March 20, 2011

Working the soil

It sure is cold to be working in the garden. But the ground is no longer frozen tundra, so Ken was out there with his trusty rototiller and just completed the entire garden. I wisely hid out in the house until he was finished and that's me in the photo, taking credit for his hard work.
We have a front tine tiller, which is hard to keep going in a straight line. I recommend getting a rear tine tiller if you can afford it. The latter costs several hundred dollars more.
Ken rototilled the asparagus patch too. He said he kept watch out for roots and didn't see anything coming up yet. Then he spread fertilizer over it. We definitely need to invest in some compost and good old horse manure black dirt for the entire garden.
I didn't plant my basil and lettuce last week, so I did it today. It is so nice to have open dirt to look at for a change.
 I am going to seedsaversexchange.org for Swiss chard and other seeds. Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.

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