Gut Rumbles

January 31, 2006

it's a go

My tiller cranked on the second pull today. Bejus bless a Toro. I allowed it to run for a while just to make sure that it would, but I didn't tear up any ground. I thunk more thoughts about my garden instead.

Now that I FINALLY have my truck back from Recondo 32 and Georgia, I went to the seed & feed store and bought 36 landscaping timbers, 12 50-pound bags of dried cow manure, a big bottle of Roundup, 50 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer and 25 pounds of a high-nitrogen fertilizer. By the time I got back home and unloaded all of that stuff, I didn't feel like doing any tilling. So, I sat in my hot tub and read Florence King's Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye for an hour or so.

Tomorrow, I'm going to spray Roundup on the area I intend to plant. Once I've killed all the growth there (it's mostly bare anyway, except for some weeds and a few stray centipede grass runners), I'll do my tilling. I'm going to steal a truckload of GOOD garden soil from Mama's old compost bin, dump the compost, the cowshit and a lot of 10-10-10 in the area I chose, then I'll till again to mix it all together.

Once I have the ground prepped to my satisfaction, I'll lay the landscape timbers around it as a border to keep my good soil from washing away. I'm thinking something about 30' X 20' in size. That's big enough to grow what I want to plant without being too much of a pain in the ass to maintain. At least that's my plan.

Now all I have to do is DO IT.


My old tiller died several years ago, and the garden I have now isn't big enough for me to justify buying a new one. But when it's time to dig, I miss the thing.

If I made the garden any bigger, I WOULD buy a new one.

Posted by: Mark on January 31, 2006 09:05 PM

What's the high nitrogen fert. for? Plan on grown alot of leafy tomato plants?

Posted by: rightisright on January 31, 2006 09:06 PM

that is gonna be some hot ground with all that nitrogen. Is it sand? Most of the time if it is any kind of soil at all just working in 6-6-6- or just the cow manure and compost will give you what you need to start and then use the fertilizer as you need it. If you have a pretty good crop of grass or weeds that is an indication that your soil is not too poor.

Posted by: GUYK on January 31, 2006 09:07 PM

Jeez, it's spring already?

Posted by: joated on January 31, 2006 09:36 PM

I'm jealous. I miss this kind of thing sometimes.

Others have asked the same question I thought of: why the high nitrogen stuff? That's more for grass than for grub.

Otherwise it sounds perfect.

Posted by: Jay on January 31, 2006 09:41 PM

Plant us some weed.

Posted by: Catfish on January 31, 2006 09:56 PM

Glad you're planning a garden again. Last year we only had 5 tomato plants. All the tomato sandwiches we wanted. This year I'm going back to Zucinnia (only two plants) Three hills of squash, a row of okra. Two rows of beans, lima, and Green string beans.
Oh yes, 1 eggplant bush. My wife hates them but I love them lightly battered and fried. And of course, the requsite tomatos. I know you're an athiest, but I always ask the blessings of the great power in the universe upon our small garden.

Posted by: K.D. ZU on January 31, 2006 10:00 PM

Lord a mighty, I thought high nitro too! Don't ya southern boys use peat moss in that clay?
With that hot summer sun don't you throw in a little vermiculite or do you have a well for water?

My old back was real happy when my husband doubled up those landscape timbers and raised up the veggie beds.

If you're real nice to me, I might e-mail you my secret ingredient for 9 foot tall tomato plants that bore more fruit this year than the rabbit under the shed or the tree rats in the pin oak.

Posted by: Maggie on January 31, 2006 10:26 PM

Go easy on the Roundup, cowboy. That stuff stays in the soil...

Posted by: Bonita on February 1, 2006 12:03 AM

Oh, I'm SO jealous! Since I moved into my condo (yuk) all I have is a few pots on a waaay too shady patio. No 'maters, no peas -- GOD, I miss fresh tomato sandwiches!! If you get a bumper tomato crop, I have a hellacious tomato relish recipe from a very old cookbook that is the best damn stuff you ever put on an omelet or a meatloaf sandwich or just on some cheese & crackers or good bread. Nothing like putting up a few dozen jars of the stuff to enjoy all winter! Well, that is except going out into the garden and harvesting your own hard work! Very satisfying. Plant a few for me!

Posted by: Marianne on February 1, 2006 01:35 AM

We only used the nitrogen on tobacco plants. Unless you are growin ur own, leave the nitro alone.

Posted by: Cee Cee on February 1, 2006 08:24 AM

I've got envy. At this point, about all I can do is THINK about maybe starting tomato plants from seed inside.

Got room in Georgia for me and Old Sarge?

Posted by: Raging Mom on February 1, 2006 11:00 AM

The nitro level isn't very high. It's water soluble and tends to leach away in sandy soils.

Posted by: MOL on February 1, 2006 12:44 PM

No wonder my garden two years ago went to hell. I had no CLUE what I was doing. Geeze.....

I discovered I don't kill plants if they are in pots. Hence, you will find my veges growing in pots.

Posted by: A Different Kim on February 1, 2006 07:27 PM

Bonita, actually it doesn't. Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup) breaks down quite rapidly once it hits the soil. It only works when it lands on actively growing green stuff. That's why it's so great for clearing a spot for a new garden. Once the weeds are dead and tilled in, it's gone.

Posted by: Desert Cat on February 1, 2006 10:05 PM
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