Saturday, March 10, 2012

Garden Expansion Project - Part 2

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Today is the kind of day every gardener dreams of.  There was a clear blue sky and just a slight breeze.  It was sunny and about 65 to 70 degrees.  The perfect day to finish up my garden expansion project.  I went to Home Depot this morning and rented a mid size rear tine tiller.  I wasn't sure how long it would take me to till up the 400 square foot area.  I rented it for four hours, and that was a smart move.  The dirt up there is pretty decent compared to the Georgia clay in most of my yard.

After getting my neighbor to help me unload the tiller and get it in position, I was done in less than an hour.  I tilled the area for another hour until everything was tilled nicely.  Baby powder consistency, oh yeah!  I hit a few roots from the tree I dug up, but nothing major.  I was pretty surprised how easy it was.  I raked everything smooth and now I am ready to get some corn and peas in the ground. 

Here is the beast, cost me about 45 bucks for 4 hours.

Here is the area after the initial tilling of one hour.

This was a nice cinder block and concrete footer that came from something.  The tiller practically jumped out of my hands when it hit this.

Here are the roots I found that I missed when I dug out the tree stump.  There weren't that many.

Here is the area after tilling for another hour, it was perfect.

Here is the area after I raked it smooth.

9 comments:

Annie's Granny said...

That's a lovely looking expansion...well done! I'm still plugging away at mine, but got a lot of it cleared today. If I didn't have the rest of the yard to clean up for spring, I could get the garden in shape much faster.

Crafty Cristy said...

Beautiful expansion area. Yikes about the cinder block. That could have been dangerous.

GrafixMuse said...

Wow! The new expanded garden space looks great!

Kris said...

Granny - Thanks, you had a lot more work to do than I did. I am so glad I didn't have sod to remove. I feel like I am racing against the clock, as soon as the little one gets here I know my garden time will be limited.

Cristy - It was scary, at first I thought it was a big root so I just kept on trying to till to cut through it and then boom I practically went head first over the front of the tiller.

Grafix - Thanks a lot, and it is good to hear from you. I was wondering where you have been.

Ed said...

Hris, that's a great looking new space you have. I'll bet you have it filled very fast!

Aran M Cockburn said...

I am still jealous... I still have about 2ft or more of snow to contend with. But... the temperature was plus 10 C today and I was able to have my windows open to let fresh air in...lol

Your garden is looking so good....

Kris said...

Ed - Thanks and I do have plans for corn and white acre peas in this space.

Aran - I don't know how you do it up there in the great white north. I would not be able to make it.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful!!! If only I had the room in our yard!
Peace and Raw Health,
Elizabeth

Kris said...

Thanks Elizabeth, I am starting to run out of room in my own yard. I enjoy reading your blog and you are a beacon of healthy eating.