The Tiller

Apparently, the way to meet your neighbors here in Whites Creek is to try to find someone who can till your garden.  Shoot, I’ve talked to more folks who live around here in the past 48 hours than I have in the entire time I’ve lived here.  And none of them seem to have any better an idea than I do about who might have a tiller and who would till my garden.

Even the Joelton Shopper is silent on the matter!  Which everyone I talked to just about could not believe.

On the other hand, Bates Nursery has mushroom soil–basically the shit they grow mushrooms in, literally–for $5.99 a 20 quart bag.  And I will be picking some of that up for my garden, should I ever get it tilled.

Folks, one guy even offered to come over and break ground by hand!  All I could think was trying to explain to his family and my insurance how trying to move Mudblob killed him.

Anyway, I’m still not quite sure what to do.  But it’s turned into one of those hilariously charming things, so I had to share it.

16 thoughts on “The Tiller

  1. We have places here where you can rent a tiller. SQ’s mom has one but I don’t think we could haul it to your abode.
    You could call Home Depot or one of the big box home places and ask if hey have some connections to tiller rental.

    Signed,
    Death Thumb, Newscoma

  2. i second the idea of rening a tiller. If you lived in around me, you could borrow TheBoyfriend™’s and mine, but VA would be a bit of a trip just to borrow a tiller ;-)

    you ought to be able to find some place that rents them though.

  3. Pay for the gas and beer and fire up the grill and me and my hubby will come till it. But we are coming from Lynchburg, so it would probably be cheaper to rent a tiller. ;-)

  4. Don’t any of the nurseries up around where you are rent tillers? IIRC, last time I priced small tiller rentals all the way down here in East Nashville they were surprisingly cheap.

  5. That’s the plan as of this morning. The Butcher’s going to see if he can fit a small tiller in his car. If he can’t, then we’ve got a friend with a bigger vehicle who’s going to help. They are inexpensive to rent, but getting them there and back is the more challenging part.

  6. If you’re going to be doing gardening on anywhere near this scale over the next few years you might be better off owning a tiller. I’m not sure how much they cost to rent, but I recall seeing some decent ones on sale at Home Depot for about $300. That isn’t bad if I’m getting the right impression about how much you’re planting.

  7. OOOH, mushroom compost! That stuff’s supposed to be the best. This year I think I’m just going to hop the fence and start shoveling the cow shit that’s so tantalizingly within reach on the other side of my back fence…I don’t think the State of Illinois will mind…

    You know, When the Cows Come Home. That should be about mid-May.

  8. Ooo, I keep driving by cows and wondering if it would be rude to knock on the doors of the farms where they are and ask if I can go pick up some patties, but I’m excited about the mushroom compost, especially after seeing it on Dirty Jobs.

  9. B., having done that once, I know they’ll think you profoundly strange. I also know, alas, from experience, that buying cheap bags of pasturized cow shit from Lowes, Home Depot, or Wal-Mart 1) has no weed seeds in it that will germinate thanks to the wonder of being encased in manure, and 2) is cheaper and way, way, way faster.

  10. one of the best things to put in flower beds, according to my Mom and Grandmother is cotton motes (sp?) – this is the byproduct of processed cotton from a cotton gin. I can get some in MS this weekend, but it stinks to high heaven. don’t know if I want to endure the 4 hour trip with that in the car.

    Also, if you know a chicken farmer, get some chicken poo. Great fertilizer.

  11. Or, just keep your own chickens . . . as long as you also keep them out of your garden.

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