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