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May 27, 2004 - HayPatch, UT - What started out as a disastrous week for machinery on the HayPatch, resolved itself with the mirth that only comes with new farm implements.

The week started out with the tiller dying a horrible choking death. Followed the next day by the ol' one-eyed tractor dying. (There is hope for the tractor to recuperate, but no hope is left for the tiller.)

In a last ditch effort to get the fields ready for planting without any of the standard farm implements, Ivan and Dave resorted to using the Honda as a tractor and Ivan as a workhorse as he held on to the harrower. While the newer modeled Honda was able to maneuver through the dirt, Ivan wasn't always able to keep up with the 20 mph speed Dave was driving. Shortly after starting this new fangled tractor-esque set up, it was decided that borrowing a tractor might be easier.

It turns out that borrowing an uncle's tractor is much easier than running behind a speeding Honda!

The ground was quickly harrowed and furrowed. Planting of the ground would soon follow.

With the help of Elaine, a friend from Minnesota who graciously offered to assist in the planting, the Oakeson's took to the soil and started planting the peppers, tomatoes and squash.

Dave plunks holes into the soil with the giant pointy stick and Ivan, Andrea and Elaine follow behind with the peppers.

The planting frenzy quickly calmed down, and a new tiller was in order. (Tilling between the rows of plants makes quick work of keeping the weeds in check.) After much research, Catherine & Ivan went to Lowe's to buy the new red beast. 10 minutes of assembly and Ivan was ready to take the new Troy Bilt to the rock hard dirt.

"The new tiller is insane," Ivan said after the initial use. The counter rotating tines of the tiller makes for very easy tilling.

And they weeded happily ever after... 

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