Saturday, November 15, 2008
I had decided now was the time to prepare a spot for next years garden. I had not done one this past summer because we were planning on doing some major excavation and would be tearing everything up. I planted in what will be flower beds around the house. But the excavation didn't happen due to a lack of funds and I want a garden next year so it will just have to be put in a place out of the path of trucks and equipment.
I spoke to the neighbor about borrowing a rototiller and getting some manure from the pigs they kept throughout the summer. Yesterday dawned bright and warm. Imagine that in mid November in the Northeast?! So I mowed, dealt with leaves and decided it was time to tackle the garden project. J next door had prepared a wheel barrow full of pig shit for me so I was ready to go. I headed home pushing the wheel barrow only to promptly dump it in the road. FABULOUS! Home again home again to get a shovel to deal with it. With a little help and the suggestion that pulling it might work better, I was on my way. Then back for the rototiller.
First let me say that the rototiller was the homeowner type. Small. Small rototillers require a lot of work. A lot of back breaking, muscle aching, teeth jarring work. But it prevented me from having to rent one. It's something like holding onto the horns of a bucking bronco and trying to guide it in some sort of a straight line, while pushing down to force the tines into the earth. And just for the record, I do know that bucking broncos do not have horns, but it is the only description that gets the visual that I was striving for.
Let's just say it was an arduous task. I am extremely sore. By the end of the project I was covered in pig shit, dirt, grass and sweat. But I finished it. and then W2 got home
Apparently I put it in a bad spot. This wasn't what we agreed to. I will have to do it all over again. He did offer to rent me the biggest rototiller available but regardless I feel defeated. I worked my ass off but it was wrong.
I couldn't remember where we had talked about but put it in a nice bright sunny spot on the edge of our property, leaving room for at least one pass of the lawn mower. But I was wrong. I seem to be wrong more often than anything these days.
The weather is warm again today. The perfect weather to dig in the correct location, but I am too sore. Tomorrow will start with the coldest weather we have experienced thus far this Fall. The true beginning of Winter. My window has closed for prepping for a garden.
I am sad and frustrated.