I had my head so in wool, ducklings and researching for a computer upgrade, that it wasn't until the night before the recent rain that it dawned on me that the soil was then dryer than it would be in a long, long time. Luckily, in the morning the rain held off. The soil was still too wet to consider using a tiller on them. And, that is just as well because it caused me to make use of what I consider to be one of my most valuable tools - the rotary cultivator. I rarely use the side with the tines. My preference is to use the side with the slicer which digs in to the soil only about 1" and thereby kills most weeds while disturbing a minimum of the life in the soil. I was able to make a first pass on all the beds in the garden and this has set back all the weed seedlings that were just beginning to germinate. Next time the soil is dry enough, I will make another pass through the beds and may then be ready to plant - we'll see what the season brings.
The rotary cultivator was given to us by neighbors who found it in their barn. I've had it for close to 20 years. For a time I forgot about it and it gathered dust. I still could make even more use of it than I do. This year I will definitely plan spacing between rows to continue using it well into the growing season!
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