Thursday, December 8, 2011

Down South for the Winter...

Hello my fellow Mantis lovers!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to update the blog and let you all know that after our wonderful fall harvest, and "putting the garden to bed," we DID plant some garlic in November. Our apple harvest was nothing short of spectacular!! (See photo for proof!!)

On Saturday before Thanksgiving, we put the "house to bed" as well and headed south for Florida, where we'll be spending the winter in Port Orange!

But, we look forward to coming back to the beautiful north country of New Hampshire in the spring, and getting the garden ready for a new season!

I sincerely hope that you all enjoyed this season's series of posts about our garden! If I see anything that looks like fun down here in the southern lands, I'll be sure to post them!

Lots of hugs,
Kath :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our "Mantis Rototiller Garden" RESULTS!

Dear Mantis Rototiller Friends,

FINALLY! Here are the results of our garden! See the video below. :) Just today, John went into the garden and AGAIN came out with about 3 pounds of yellow beans and a handful of beautiful carrots! It's going to be a feast of veggies for the next month or so here!

Anyway, the video below shows what the garden looks like right now. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE To Buy YOUR Mantis Rototiller and Cultivator! :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mantis Rototiller and Spring Tilling!

Hello Fellow Mantis Rototiller Users and Friends!

Yikes! I was just reminded by a kind reader that I had NOT updated this blog in a while! I promised to show you our Mantis Rototiller in ACTION, and I mean to keep my promise!

Although it's already August, I did take some videos the day we finally had good enough weather to do the planting. In many parts of the country, early June is already the height of summer weather, but up here in the mountains of New Hampshire, it's still springtime.

I did the filming on June 6th (you can see that we still have lilacs in the opening scene with the butterfly) - and it was truly one of those days where all is well with the world.

Anyway, here I have - for your viewing pleasure - the video of "Tilling and Planting Day!"
And remember... If you want to buy your Mantis Rototiller direct from the company while still supporting little ol' me, I most certainly appreciate your business!

You can go right here to my web page at Portable Garages and Shelters Mantis Rototillers for Sale

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away! Even OUR Little Mantis Rototiller Can't Perform Miracles!

So, the picture you saw of John running our Mantis Rototiller in the front beds last week (see our last post, "Introducing OUR Mantis Tiller") was the last sunny day we've had since!

While we - gratefully - are not experiencing tornadoes up in northern New Hampshire, we have been getting a lot of rain. Fortunately, we live in the mountains and not a flood plain. But yesterday, we drove along the Androscoggin River in northern New Hampshire, and saw that a lot of people's farm lands and gardens are under a great deal of river flooding.

We did get a truck load of composted manure to load into the garden - and by the time we had unloaded it, we had to call AAA to get our vehicle towed away from our own garden and lawn. We didn't realize how soggy our own field had gotten over the last week.

So, we regrettably do NOT have pictures yet of our 2-cycle Mantis Rototiller workhorse tilling the garden. John wanted to try again today (Tuesday), but it would have just been "mud soup."

Hopefully soon!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Introducing OUR Mantis Tiller - Our Beloved Small Garden Cultivator!

I promised that when we got home and took our own beloved Mantis Tiller out of winter storage, I would show it to you. Voila! This is the FIRST nice day since we've been back in New Hampshire, and so we decided to get our salad greens and flower beds ready.

John took our old Mantis Rototiller out of the garage, and while he DID have to replace the spark plug, he got it back up and running in no time. We have the 2-cycle model, so it takes the gas/oil mix.

So, there we have it... A somewhat sunny day, good old fashioned dirt, our Mantis Tiller, and a few packages of lettuce seeds and flower seeds - and we can officially hale the start of Gardening season!

(Next week, John will get SERIOUS and begin the "big" garden.)

Below are some GREAT deals on Mantis Tillers (If you're price conscious, Amazon has really got the best prices I've seen), so get yours now!
Kath :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Picture of MEGA-VEGGIES from my "Mantis Tiller Garden!"

Hi folks!
We just got home from being away all winter and it's still too early to get our garden in up here in northern New Hampshire - but I wanted to share with you a photo from our garden. These mega-veggies were clearly the largest ever to come out of our garden, and we thought you would get a kick out of them...

Both the potato and carrot weighed MORE THAN 1 POUND EACH! And, no, the soil wasn't treated with anything more spectacular than compost that year (these photos are from a couple of seasons ago).

We haven't fired up our little Mantis Rototiller yet - it just snowed yesterday! :) But I'll get some photos soon!

:) Kath

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Best Way to Buy Your Mantis Rototiller FROM Mantis Themselves!

When it comes to buying your Mantis Rototiller DIRECTLY from Mantis, if you prefer to do it that way, I would like you to go to my Small Garden Tillers For Sale - Mantis Rototiller page at Portable Garages and Shelters. This is where I am posting the products directly since I have been accepted as an affiliate for the company. (Yay!)

You will still be buying directly from Mantis - but when you go through my links on that page, I will be given a small commission as my payment for helping market the product.

And why not order through someone like me, who is a VERY satisfied owner of a Mantis rototiller myself! :)

Again, you can access small garden Mantis Tillers for sale directly at

Thank you so much for your support!
:) Kath
PS: If you want to buy your Mantis Rototiller from Amazon, look no further than my Mantis page here, where I've got a bunch listed right there for you! :) (or simply browse through Amazon's image carousel below to see their offerings!)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mantis Rototillers: Some Fun with Mantis Rototillers on Squidoo

Mantis Rototillers: Some Fun with Mantis Rototillers on Squidoo: "I happened to be writing about Mantis Rototillers and Cultivators on (you can see the results here at"

Some Fun with Mantis Rototillers on Squidoo

I happened to be writing about Mantis Rototillers and Cultivators on (you can see the results here at ) and got a little carried away...

As it turned out, I guess "punchy" might be the word for it. :) I wound up adding a story about a weiner dog convention (tying it to a Mantis Rototillers/Cultivators convention), and then one thing led to another, and all of a sudden there were videos of "The Garden Song."

Sigh... I TRY to be serious! But, I guess life's too short to be too serious. Please go have a laugh on me, and read my page about Mantis Rototillers and Weiner Dogs and The Garden Song.

Then, that should put you in the mood to buy your Mantis Rototiller from me. :) Thanks!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Mantis XP 16-inch Tiller - Larger and newer style

Oh wow... I was just looking over at my Portable Garages and Shelters small garden tillers for sale page, and noticed when I clicked on one of the items, that Mantis now has a larger model - it is a little more expensive ($599), and yet it's bigger and stronger.

The tilling width is 16 inches versus 9 inches. I can't put the link here in this blog because of the agreement I have as an affiliate for Mantis - but I was able to put their product feed in my small garden tillers for sale page. So you can access it there.

It also has a powerful Honda 4-cycle 35 cc engine. This all makes it a little heavier than the other models, but at only 34 pounds, it's still pretty light!

Again, if you buy from my links at the page, you'll be buying DIRECT from Mantis - which is good if you are looking for the 1-year money back guarantee protection.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Buying From Mantis Direct Vs Amazon

Should you purchase your Mantis through Amazon (such as in my links here at this blog) or from Mantis itself?  (You can see the links here at my Portable Garages and Shelters "Small Garden Tillers" page)

If you buy your Mantis Rototiller through a link that sells directly from the company, you are protected by the company's 1-year money-back guarantee. If you purchse your Mantis Cultivator through the Amazon links, you may not be covered by that guarantee. It's your choice, and either way you are getting a good price.

As you can see, I like Mantis Rototillers. I am an affiliate marketer for Mantis - which means I can offer links to the company and its products on my websites. So, if you would like to order from the company itself, I invite you to visit my website where I have the product feed in my Small Garden Tillers For Sale page here. (PS: I thank you very much for your support!)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What about the Electric Mantis Tiller Cultivator?

Electric Mantis Tiller
Ok... So what about the ELECTRIC Mantis Tiller? Why would I still use my gas powered 2-cycle Mantis when I could have a quieter electric model?

Yes, the Electric Mantis Tiller is DEFINITELY quieter - which would be expected on a non-gasoline powered tool.

But, in our case, it really isn't all that practical - for two major reason (this is just applicable to me folks!):
1) Our garden space is far enough away from the house to make running a cord somewhat awkward.

2) When I'm working in the garden, I kind of go into a "zone" where I'm not thinking about much other than the task at hand. I love looking at the dirt being churned up - it's almost a little mesmerizing for me - and if I had to concentrate on being aware of maneuvering an electric cord while I'm dancing with my little Mantis Cultivator (sometimes I push forward, sometimes I "pull" it for a change of pace), then I wouldn't feel as "free."

Again, this is just me! :)

BUT... having said that, if I lived in a neighborhood where the yards were smaller and closer together, and where the garden spaces were a little closer to the house, I would ABSOLUTELY consider the Electric Mantis Tiller.

It IS quieter than the gas-powered models (although the 4-cycle model is quieter than the 2-cycle model). This is certainly something that would be appreciated by the neighbors. :)

A couple of quick specs on the Electric Mantis Tiller/Cultivator:
  • It weighs only 21 pounds.
  • The 540 watt, 115 volt, 3/4 hp (horse power) motor moves the tines up to 240 rpm.
  • The motor has a built-in circuit breaker.
  • It cuts a 9" path, and the tilling depth is 10".
Oh - and as far as price goes, it runs about the same as the 2-cycle gas-powered small Mantis rototiller.
So, this one might work great for you!

Here are the best prices for the Electric Mantis Tiller/Cultivator:

Oh...The Joy of Mantis Rototillers (and even better on sale!)

Oh the joy of springtime...and gardening. If you're looking for Mantis Rototillers for sale, you have stopped in at the right place!

First of all, I have to tell you that I LOVE my Mantis! It was a gift from my Dad when hubby and I moved to our country mountain home. We love gardening - John concentrates on the veggies, and I tend to focus on planting the garlic (it's easy!), the herbs, and flowers.

When I get home in May (I'm away for the winter), I'll take a photo of how much our beloved small Mantis garden tiller can accomplish. You'd be surprised!

Anyway, since you're here, you've probably already done your research, and know that you're looking to buy a rototiller - and you know you want the Mantis.

I've scoured a bunch of sites, and at the end of the day, Amazon has the most competitive prices - and I noticed that the Mantis model 7225-00-02 2-cycle Gas Powered model is boasting CARB Compliance and has some excellent reviews.

By the way, another reason I really like Amazon is its terrific service. I have had nothing but good luck ordering items through Amazon.

I'll write more about Mantis Rototillers in this blog - (including some of our own experiences) but for now, let me just get something up & running since winter is coming to an end, and I'm motivated! Thanks! :)