I have a small Mantis tiller that works great on many things, but rock-hard clay is not one of them. I turned over the beds with a pitchfork and shovel which was no easy feat. I planned on using the tiller to break up the chunks and mix in the amendments. Unfortunately the primer bulb on the Mantis had cracked over the winter so I had to go get replacement parts.
I purchased 800 lbs of topsoil and six bags of mushroom compost to add to the clay, but I guess they will have to wait until tomorrow when I get the tiller back together.
My friend Nick gave me some hazelnuts a couple of years ago and they have really leapt this year. They are a formidable size and two of the three are absolutely laden with nut clusters. I have never seen so many nuts in each cluster before. Unfortunately I have to wait for a month or more for them to ripen and last year the day the ripened the deer took all but two of them overnight.
I'm thinking about a temporary six foot fence...
|The dogwood is pretty droopy.|
Keep your fingers crossed.
|Finally! This stuff is like concrete.|
|I'm using some of the old pavers to keep the soil in place|
when it rains. I ultimately want to get a couple of
nice rain barrels with planters on top.
|The Mantis tiller|
patiently waiting for parts.
|Tuneage makes the job go easier.|
|Oh yeah, the grill came with a cover.|
|The hazelnuts are quite large.|
|Lots of pods.|
|Lots of pods on each branch.|