Some people have sand to contend with, and some have rocks. We have gumbo, and I'm not talking about our cajun roots. The soil is thick and rich, but impenetrable. So we added dirt. Six truck loads of dirt, I believe, were shoveled out and spread-plus manure. In the beginning I shoveled and raked alongside my husband and son.
But by the end of the weekend, it was just me hand- tilling the thing with a pitchfork because my husband was working on our tiller that wouldn't start. (My son did continue to bring me water every thirty minutes between his Zombie wars.)
How much easier would it be to break sod with oxen?
I want to ride a horse down trails.
Why did I do some of the stupid things I did as a teenager?
It was so cool on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
How I envisioned living on a farm with rescued dogs when I was a girl.
How long would it take to coax earthworms to the surface using only the no- till (or lasagna) method?
I bet my daughter planned to be gone this weekend on purpose?
Do my arms look disproportionate, like The Hulk's, yet.
My son kept me company for a while, discussing theories about construction of the pyramids while he and the little dog lay on the ground, watching. This led to thoughts about UFO's and, inexplicably, OMD song lyrics running through my head. Delirium had set in.
By Sunday night at nine, the plants were in and the sprinkler connected. It is not the powdery perfect soil of my herb garden, but it's a good start for a first year vegetable garden, and my herb garden was this way in the beginning too. I plan to go "no-till" from this point forward, begging for bagged leaves off of people's lawns if I have to.
Anyway, tomatoes grow well in all kinds of soil, and that is the purpose of this labor: homegrown tomatoes. I've also got some peppers, carrots, beans, and cucumbers in there too.
I had a hideous phone photo of the garden pre- till, with a long pipe bent and sticking up out of the ground beside numerous chunks of concrete I unearthed while working it, all with the refinery belching in the background. But, I lost it when I synced my phone somehow, and maybe that's for the best because a few days later I went outside on a restful evening and got these. They're kind of sweet.