I am not cut out to be a farm hand! LOL
The weather forecast contained showers this evening and all tomorrow. Wednesday is supposed to clear up and then rain again Thursday and Friday. We NEED this rain...but I NEED to have the ground ready for the potatoes, pumpkins, beans...AND the job was far more than I could handle alone.
|What a mess....|
The above photo was taken standing about 1/3 of the way into the garden space - at the end of the squash patch. I told Michael it felt more like a micro-farm than a garden. I suggested we could simply move the fence to the side of the garden house and the rest could be yard for someone else to maintain. Michael had more vision than I. Most of this space has tarps, black plastic or carpet over it...so...today's goal was to clear all the debris and storm damage from the garden space, remove tarps, plastic and carpets, weed whack it to a manageable length and then rototill it. I do NOT want to rototill it, but we want to get it planted and don't have the time and money to build a bunch of beds, lay cardboard and build up the beds. We've had it covered for two years.
I got started early and worked an hour alone. Stacia came out and helped me move the things hidden in the grass - tires, garage door panels (to make more beds), twisted row covers... she couldn't get the weed eater started.
|Repurposing these to be cages around Aspen trees|
Michael came out and the girls joined us while Nolan studied and stayed with Grandpa...all total Stacia worked 1 1/2 hours, Allie worked 1 hour, Michael worked 5 hours and I put in 6 hours....that's a total of 13 1/2 man hours.
|Master of the Weed Eater|
Grass had grown up through the carpets...The girls and I weren't up to the chore. Michael was.
This is the back side of the carpet....
And the front side of the carpet - BTW the carpets are from BreZaak and CoRielle's home...both renovated before moving into their home. It served it's purpose in the garden. It kept the weeds in check while we worked on other projects.
|The truck was quite useful today|