What's wrong with this
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.
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.
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...