Thursday I was able to finish cutting the sod off the square garden. I was able to enjoy being outside almost the entire day, and got a bit more sun than I realized.
Friday I went to the rental store and picked up a rear tine rototiller. When I drove to the equipment lot with the rental store employee, I was shocked. I was expecting a large Troy-bilt type tiller. Instead, before me was the Barreto 1320, all 560 pounds of it. The tiller was about 6.5 feet long and just over two feet wide.
This was one beefy tiller. Quickly my garden beds took shape. My soil is very rocky, and other tillers I have used have been very shaky. The Barreto 1320 was solid, not much shaking at all. Fortunately, this tiller had a very strong screen behind the tines because lots of rocks and debris, even two bricks, were coming up out of the ground. I made sure to stand directly behind the screen, because rocks would occasionally pop out the sides.
I knew the weather would be wet for the next week, and I wanted to take advantage of the rain. So I got my compost and peat moss on the beds and rototilled. As the rain came the ground has slightly settled in and the surface rocks have been exposed. Now I can rake out the top rocks, and plant my early crops. I plan to plant my peas after we have a couple of days of dry weather.
When I go to the cellar to water my seedlings I get the itch to plant. I know the weather is too cold, but I still get the itch. The seedlings are doing well. I started a six-pack each of Thyme and Rosemary; I had a late idea to add to a specific herb bed this year.
I should be able to get peas and some lettuce in the ground if the weather co-operates this week . I started to paint my cold frame today. After I put the finishing coats on that I will try to get some of the seedlings outside during the day to get some real sunshine, although they may grow to fast with some good sun.
I have a few finishing touches I want to get checked off my list before planting starts. The last frost date here is May 20th so I have at least a month before anything goes into the ground. Realistically, my plants will not planted until Memorial Day, but I know the days will go fast and I want to be prepared.
Have a good week. Stay warm.