Planting Has Begun

Well, some things can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Some farmers nearby have seeded their grains already. I have been outside moving tomatoes from crowded flats into nice large pots filled with beautiful loam. My garden is still too cold for many but in a week or two… I’ll keep the rest of my tomatoes for the garden and will put a few peppers in my remaining large pots.

TLW seems to think I should dig up all my lilacs and plant them on the border with one of our neighbours… I hope she forgets about that. The lilacs are ready to make big moves this year, both the ones we bought as plants and the seedlings I’ve grown. Apparently hares don’t care for them as much as apples. I will start more apples to replace the gnawed ones.

Meanwhile a pair of swallows sat on the roof of one of my birdhouses debating the pros and cons. Twice I’ve had swallows in it and twice a nasty sparrow stole it. Stay tuned to see what happens this year. The grand kids are running amok over TLW’s berms… She doesn’t seem to mind and the kids have too much energy for indoors.

We are obviously having a very early spring despite some miserable weeks of wind and cold. There’s no frost in the forecast for two weeks. It’s time to go plant stuff. Everything that can stand cool nights is already outside on the patio in pots/trays. The rest should follow in a week. I could have my garden planted by mid-May and start on grass and flowers and …

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Planting Has Begun

  1. Grece says:

    You do not stick weld 2mm steel, you spot weld it. You should get yourself a MIG welder and a spot welding attachment.

  2. Chuckle… The Chinese tiller haters would have enjoyed today. I started up the brute easily using the electric starter and part of the console fell away. As it holds the “overdrive”/” normal” stick, I drove to the workshop and set to fix it. I kid you not, only two tack welds held it together. Shades of the late Sears tiller… Welding 2mm thick enamelled steel turned out to be a chore. I had to grind off the tacks and some paint to get fit up and connectivity. I had to turn my usual welding current down 20A, and work overhead with shortened electrodes. There wasn’t much space and there was a strong cold wind. I used a clamp as a rest for one end and held the work with one hand and the electrode with the other. It will hold together tomorrow.

    TLW was not amused. She was psyched to take it for a spin. She whipper-snipped instead. She interrupted my work several times for fuel/string… She and the tiller are high maintenance.

  3. I did some work on the tiller today. Last year the starter died. I’m not strong enough to crank with one hand and TLW makes herself unavailable too often… So I took it apart and found some steel riveted parts had rusted. A seal had failed, allowing a lake to form and a drain was misplaced. I stressed the parts and got continuity. If it should fail again, I will weld the rivets. I’ll seal the parts in the case on the upper side.

    Anyway, I should now be able to start it myself. I’ll buzz it between the trees in my orchard tomorrow.

  4. Grece says:

    No mention of your tiller?

    Hmm…perhaps I should come up with a one-off electric 3-wheel tiller, then try to secure government funding to produce it in my barn.

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