Sunday, April 25, 2010

Improvise Adapt Overcome

This is the Marine Corps, motto.

This is a Hoe, a hoe is your friend. it can pull any weed out of your garden, without bending over.
They need to be sharpened, and you know all those metal files you have. Well this is the reason you have them. I know the picture is blurry. But Place the file at a 45 degree angle, and sharpen until the hoe is Like a dull Knife. Especially the corners.

The tires on the tiller came loose, so they are tubeless. In order to fill a tubeless Tiller tire, I wrap a rope around it, and cinch it up tight, then you can get it filled. This was problem number 1 with the tiller today.(ya, I could glue it.)

This was problem number two, This tine on the tiller broke loose, I suspect it has been like this for a season or two, I thought something had been wrong with it. This will need some welding. But no time today. These are, all things that go wrong in the garden. and the secret is to Improvise, Adapt, Overcome. The tiller problem could have, burned my entire day.

The pattern is simple, largest to smallest.
  • I start with the biggest tiller, the tractor,
  • then move to the larger one, this yellow one,
  • then I have a smaller tiller,
  • then I move to the hoe.
  • Hopefully, I don't have to do anything by hand, or bend over.
There is a ton of land here too

In Between the chamomile and the chives, I quickly Tilled. Leaving some clusters of weeds and "Keeper Plants"

Here are the remaining plants after working them over with a quick Hoe.
Chamomile chamomile chamomile...
Here I am, Preparing the other bed, next to the greenhouse, so that I can put the chamomile in. This is a digging fork, Most soil is compacted at a depth of 3-6 inches, if you drive a digging fork into the compaction layer you can break it up, and the roots of your plants can get deeper into the soil.
Also, the compaction layer is about 3 inches thick ( 3-12 inches down is a 3inch Shell like layer, in the soil, that you should at least Crack), so it can give space for the roots and water to get through. This is the perfect tool. (no picture of the result, but this is where I moved all the chamomile)
These are the chives, After moving them from the garden to the flower bed, on the side of the Greenhouse. I've transplanted chives for, 5 years now... they just grow and grow.


Sandy Perrins said...

Awesome work! The before and "broken tiller" after shot look way different. Great Sunday effort!

The Mop said...

Thanks Sandy,

Damn.... We are becoming friends. er Better friends...

I even forgot to show lunch.