Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tilling Times

A couple folks asked about my dear friend JohnIMG_0907 Deere.Well he is a 23 hp diesel with a 54” bucket, mid and rear PTO,  sometimes a 62” mowing deck, sometimes a 5’ pine rake, or a 200lb spreader, middle buster, or 4’ box grader. But for the past few weeks he has had a 4’ tiller attached. Spring and fall are big ‘tilling times’. This is a really mean combination. A friend of IMG_0906 ours laughed when i told him about buying the tiller. Now you should know that he farms 1500 acres and has toys like 8 bottom plows, 12’ disc’s that have to fold up to go on the road. 12 row corn planters, and of course combines to harvest it all. When he stopped by one day and saw what i could do with the tiller on my little .75 acres (yes just 3/4 of an acre) he agreed that it was just what i needed.

So what have we been tilling? Well I'll till ya…. IMG_0882 IMG_0884




You remember earlier this week the new Butterfly Meadow. Today was tilling the bed for the Blue Berries we bought over the weekend. Besides removing the weeds i also had to till in 3 lbs. of pelleted sulfur to acidify the soil so the pH would drop from 6.5 to 5.5.

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IMG_0908Somehow i got a little carried away and over tilled about twice what i needed. So after planting the three Blueberry plants we have, we now need to go back up to Tractor Supply again for 3 more (and maybe a bunny if Beatrice doesn’t notice :-) ] IMG_0919There was this pile of pavers left from when i expanded the asparagus bed and they were just begging to go somewhere pleasant and shady. Now these were magic pavers because they could sing. The problem was that they only knew one song, “Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me”. So there was just one spot for them, the orchard. Here is the picture tale.

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IMG_0916 IMG_0917IMG_0918Somehow i forgot the picture of the park bench that is now sitting on them between the apple trees. I wonder if Beatrice will share it with me??????

Last but nIMG_0923ot least was a quick planting of the Red Onion sets we got last weekend. This year i was smart and put  them at the end of a plot so they won’t be disturbed during the crop rotation later in the season. I’m always amazed how these almost dead looking things turn into such wonderful tasting delights. Now it is time for ICE CREAM. I’m not sure whether to eat it or put it on my sore back????


Anvilcloud said...

That's a heckuva boy toy.

I think we should call you Tilley.

Daisy said...

Good luck with convincing Beatrice about getting that bunny! HA!

I hope your blueberries do well. What a funny coincidence that you just happened to till up too much ground! :-D

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Daisy, maybe Grenville plans to hide a bunny in a blueberry's a "B" thing.

Lois Evensen said...

What a busy day again! We just had ice cream here, too. The dogs got some, too, of course. :)

L. D. Burgus said...

It looks like a job well done. We need to till but it is still too cold and now too wet.

Out on the prairie said...

Now that is a great tool. Wish you were closer. Deere has a factory here in town.

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Hi Folks,
JD's a great little machine for a small space like ours AC. Coincidence Daisy???? HHHMMMM 'Bunnies in the Blueberries", sounds like a new story to me. The Ice Cream definitly helped Lois. Warm it is here but wet is what slows me down L.D., What do they make at your Deere Plant Steve???

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