Bought A Troy Bilt Tiller For The Veggie Garden

pepper plantsEach spring I dig up our vegetable garden using a round mouth shovel garden fork. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to get it ready… if I don’t have to deal with flooding.

A couple of years ago a friend of Jenny’s came over husband and tiller in tow to till our garden. They tilled the garden in less than an hour so each year since I have thought about buying a little tiller and this year we did.

Just about a week ago Jenny and I went to Canadian Tire and bought a little Troy Built Tiller.

troy build tiller
Troy Built Garden Tiller

I used the tiller to loosen the soil at the north end of the garden where it’s the lowest and then dug it out down to about 18 inches then filled the hole with broken twigs and yard debris to help build it up for less flooding as well as better drainage.

burying yard waste

raised bedNext I built a 4×8 raised using 2×10 lumber I found being thrown away by some people moving out of an apartment building.

Once I dragged it into place I put three or four wheelbarrow loads of organic compost in the bottom and a couple of loads of top soil which I mixed together and then continued filling with top soil until close to the top.

Should not flood anymore and I can sit on the edge of the raised bed instead of kneeling next to it.

I also added a thick layer of dark mulch around the bed so we have an area we can walk on without turning things into mud.

I was almost done this part of the project when the rains started and they came down hard but the garden didn’t flood which makes me so happy. The plan is to make a second raised bed which will reach to about the middle of the garden. The rest will just be tilled as it’s already high enough it doesn’t flood.

Going To Order Some Garden Soil And Mulch This Year

compost binI like to compost everything we can but we only have a small compost bin so I don’t produce nearly as much compost as we need. Because of that we buy a lot of soil which adds up.

This year we have decided to contact Audubon Organics here in Moncton and have some garden soil, compost and mulch which will do us all summer long. The fact this will be in bulk we will get it much cheaper than buying by the bag.

We do have spring flowers growing now as well as leaves are finally appearing on trees It was looking pretty bare for too long so we’re quite pleased Spring has arrived. Now we can get on with the yard clean up. By then the veggie garden should be workable.

I started many of our garden seeds already, expecting the weather to be better, so now they are not getting enough sunlight and will start getting spindly looking if I don’t get them outside in the direct sunlight.