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The soil here is quite dry already, which is a bit surprising considering we are still in early Spring. In “normal” years the gardens can’t be tilled until at least the first weekend in May and that might be pushing it a bit.
The other day when we were down at the barn, cleaning out the coop and getting ready for the chickens to come home, Graham checked out the small garden we have down there. It was a big mess, because, of course it didn’t get cleaned up last Fall.
We are paying for the inattention to the gardens in the Fall. In my defense, I remember working for about 4 days like a fiend trying to empty out the main garden before we headed up to Prince Rupert for a few months. Now, we have to get things cleaned up around here as it doesn’t take Mother Nature long to begin her takeover again.
You can see the Barn Garden on the left, the chicken coop on the right and the 2 runs for the hens.
After pulling most of the large weeds out by the roots (and then throwing them over to the chicken run for the girls to enjoy) Graham dragged out the tiller.
Note: If you ever need to buy a tiller, for goodness sake, do NOT get a front tine. We were given this one and yes, it has served us very well over the six years of maintaining our three gardens. However, it is a BEAR to use and I certainly never get behind the handles and give it a go. I think it would throw me right over to the neighbouring property.
The soil looks wonderful. About four years ago, we had two weaner pigs in here.
This was their pen and they did a fantastic job of rooting up weeds and depositing manure for us. Right after tilling, this soil in this garden still looks the best of all our gardens. Never underestimate the great clean up job that a couple of pigs can accomplish for you. And really, why should you do the work when you can get animals to do it for you? All animals like to be kept busy and the pigs are no exception. Give them a job to do and stand back and watch the results!