Gut Rumbles

September 24, 2008

it's a go

Originally PUBLISHED January 31, 2006

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.

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