by Madeline Laughs
Here is what I’m starting out with. Move along! Move along! Nothing to see here folks! That’s what it seems to be saying to me right now.
Before we till the earth I like to lime it. I buy a nice sized bag of lime and spread it over the ground. Then it’s tilled into the soil. Lime makes your vegetables sweeter. In Maryland I liked to add dried blood, or blood meal for iron, but the water table here is full of iron.
Notice the rust bloom on the side of the house? That’s from the water sprinklers. We have an in-ground well that we use to water the lawn and the garden. I feel less wasteful doing it this way because it’s like we’re recycling the water. The pump brings it up and waters the ground. Then seeps back into the water table to water everything the next day, all over again.
Once everything is tilled I will rake through every grain of dirt to pull out roots and weeds. Then I’ll be laying in the soaker hose so I can plant around it. One really hot days, the soaker hose will keep the ground moist without water laying on the tender leaves and causing them to fry like bacon.
Then the planting begins!!
I taught her how to use the choke last year so she seems to have a better grip on the Big Tiller now. I was so proud of her yesterday! This is the calmest tilling job my yard has ever seen! I think this is great news for the garden karma 🙂
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