It seems like we are so busy right now, getting the garden all planted, the yard in decent shape, and of course spending time with the grands. Ive been trying to also keep up with stocking our storage with then things that we don't grow or preserve, have to watch for the sales and really stock up. Made up a chart with all the things that I want to can, freeze and dry for this year, its a pretty long list. The you pick strawberry farm opens this Thurs. and if we don't have rain will be out getting some. Strawberry shortcake for desert that night, and hopefully will be making jam the next day. Has anyone started canning yet? Its a little early here in Michigan as most gardens are just being planted now. Our potatoe plants are up about 8 inches so we will need to fertilize and do a little hilling this week end. We have all had that nasty cold thats been going around seems to last forever and just when you start feeling good it seems to come back, Rich is going through the 2nd bout of it this week.
I am still trying to get stuff in my garden. We were going to till the east garden, when my tiller that always runs decided it wasn't going to work. The rope that you pull would not catch. The plastic real decided it was done. Terry took it apart and yup... it was done. He took another scrap mower apart but that didn't work either. They were the same size but the end was just a little different. So now we have to get a new one. He also has a plan to put an electric start on it, rigging it from an old rider mower. That would be wonderful! No more pulling until your arm falls off. He did have it tuned up this year where it would start on the first or second pull though. He is brilliant when it comes to motors........But I still don't have my garden tilled and those tomatoes and cabbages need to get planted.
Yesterday, the sun came out for awhile and I put up a string to mark where I wanted a row and started spading it up. The ground was a little damp, but it worked. It took three times working on it ( I stopped to rest several times) but I got it done. I got my extra tomatoes that I bought planted! Yea! 13 of them. I really didn't need them, all I was going to buy were 2 eggplants and some cabbages....But they had a few old German tomatoes, that they didn't have when I was there before, and I had to get them. They had five of them that looked just beautiful, so I bought them.I also got an heirloom persimmon tomato. I haven't heard of that one, so decided to try it, and 2 heirloom pear tomato. I don't know if they are like a Roma or a cherry pear. The sign only said they tasted wonderful and had few seeds. Had to try them to. Then I had to buy four champion tomatoes and a super sweet 100 tomato. I did get my 2 eggplants and 2 red cabbage and 9 other cabbages. Oh, I also bought a tumbling tom Tomato. I have that planted in one of the new pots that Terry got me. We had more rain over night, Hope I can get a little more in. Will take some pictures to post later.
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I am still trying to get stuff in my garden. We were going to till the east garden, when my tiller that always runs decided it wasn't going to work. The rope that you pull would not catch. The plastic real decided it was done.
I have an electric start tiller. Rest of my stuff is rope pull. I think you can buy new recoils for the engines. Just depends on what they are. My old lawn mower the recoil on it when. I had kept it going for DW 40 for a year. It was really old. Rope would not go back in and then it would slowly then find gave up. Ran okay yet. New is a junker really and I bought new. Not any where near as good.
Pear will be prpbably the little yellow pear tomato/. persimiopn is orange colored.
It takes lot to change a tiller over to electric start. Electric starts are heavier with battery and generator and starter. Got a new engine on my tiller couple years back. $600 for the engine with the shipping and that did not count the labor. They come with new starter and generator. Battery not in that. This new engine is lot better balance with it. You could buy the replacement engine or maybe finds a used one. I had to get the tiller back up and running and it was in a week. Son order the engine and hauled down and put it on. Ordered on his credit card and paid him cash for that. Had to be paid off. He made two trips for me at 160 miles each and did not charge any for that or labor. He took the old engine home with him to see if the hole (rod out the side) could be repaired. Some times they can .
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