Rototilling and other Spring Tasks

old rototiller

The vintage rototiller that I inherited from my grandfather and used for 10 years died recently.  We had arranged to rent one once the soil was dry enough.  Now the soil is finally dry enough, and the tiller we were going to rent is out for repairs.  We called every other rental business in the phone book, and nothing was available.  I found an ad for a used John Deere 450 rototiller on Craigslist.  Tom called, drove out and purchased it.  He loaded it by himself and brought it home.  He hooked it up to our tractor and started to till, but almost immediately the drive chain broke.  So he drove to the equipment dealer and bought a new chain.  He came home and worked on replacing it.

Tom and rototiller chain

Below is the first pass with the fixed tiller.

first pass

And Tom tilling.

rototilling

Here he is checking out the tilled garden.

Tom checking out tilling

Another view of the garden.

another view of garden

And new broken ground (with Sunny and Izzy).

new ground

While Tom was doing this, I did all the animal chores, sold wool, ran errands, cleaned the windows, and cleared out the gutters.  I am now tired, sore and sweaty.  I do not think I smell like dirt which was my goal for the day.  But nonetheless we accomplished a lot on this spring day.

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2 Responses to Rototilling and other Spring Tasks

  1. Buffy says:

    It looks like you have wonderful rich soil! Good luck with your garden!

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