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    Default The Howard "Bantam" Rotavator Rides Again!

    Here's a gardening story told in picture form.

    I spend much of last week and almost all the weekend working on this item:







    The problem, as it turns out, was this part right here:



    ...but I couldn't fix it, because this part was messed up:



    But I had ordered a replacement one with a rebuild kit and some other parts off of e-Bay, and as of Sunday afternoon it looked like this:





    And a little while later, my garden looked like this!


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    Yay! I've got to get mine dug up soon. I have raised beds though. I couldn't get that stud in one of my beds. I'd like to have a single row garden for some things. Happy gardening!

    btw, what all do you grow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllAboutSoul View Post
    btw, what all do you grow?
    That Mohawk of green stuff in the middle of the garden is last year's Swiss chard, which surprisingly wintered over. We've already enjoyed two meals out of it this spring, so that was nice.

    In addition to the chard, we've already planted some herbs... a salad green mix, and some sweet basil. I dearly love basil in all its forms, and will stuff a couple of fresh leaves into a sandwich like lettuce if the opportunity arises.

    However, the serious planting is yet to come. We will likely put in a couple of different kinds of squash, a couple of rows of tomatoes, several varieties of hot peppers, and some flowers for Anna (my five-year-old). Oh, and maybe some more Swiss chard, since it's been such a success.

    If you cut out the stems, the chard can be used wherever you would use spinach. We routinely include it in lasagna. With the stems in, it goes great in soup.

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    I was hoping to rent a tiller and get the yard dug up last weekend, but we ended up setting up an older computer for the kids instead.

    I've got the INTP tentatively reserved for next weekend. I have my plants started in one of these babies and they are looking pretty nice so far.


    I can hardly wait to pop the peas out of their pods and into my mouth and don't get me started on home grown tomatoes!
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    I hope to plant some spaghetti sqash this year. That stuff is awesome.


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    I wish could get my family to eat squash. The only squash I'm planting is zucchini. I need fried zucchini and I don't care if I'm the only one that eats it because if they tried to eat my fried zucchini I might have to take their hands off with my spatula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    I wish could get my family to eat squash.
    Chop it fine and put it in the vegetable soup. They won't even notice.

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    Looks like a nice big garden.

    I planted peas and beans last weekend! I suspect they'll die since I usually don't plant them until May (it's been extremely warm here the past few months, about a month ahead of normal weather...really bizarre). But I couldn't resist! Soo beautiful out. I'll wait for the cuc/zucc and tomatoes though.
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    A story with a happy ending ... I love those!
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    I have a packet of heirloom cucumbers I'll be trying out. I'll probably plant them over by the chain-link fence, and trellis them.

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