Thursday, April 3, 2008

A New Garden Toy

Last year, Romie told me we were going to have to get a new tiller because our 30-year-old Simplicity just wasn't worth putting any more money into it to get it in working order. Some days it wouldn't start at all, and on the days it would, it was only after an exhausting session of pulling the starter over and over until it finally sputtered to life.

We debated over whether we wanted to get a full-sized tiller or just one of the small cultivators like a Mantis. With our heavy clay soil, we decided a cultivator just wasn't going to be man enough for some of the jobs we'd thought about doing, such as tearing up more lawn to make new garden space. We'd looked at new tillers last summer, but never came to a conclusion as to which one to purchase.

Our new Troy-Bilt mid-sized tiller was delivered today. The semi parked in the road in front of our house because it wasn't able to back into our driveway. The box containing the tiller weighed 200 pounds so the delivery man had to leave it at the end of the driveway, where Romie and I unboxed it and took it to the garage.

There, he attached the handle and the cables and it's now ready to go whenever things dry out. That's not likely to happen this week, because we're getting our spring rains and the ground is really soggy. It won't be long though, until we can really dig in and have some fun with it. Stay tuned!

Sunny, Jack and Boo check out the new tiller


Anonymous said...

I think you will be doing some serious work with that tool! Have fun.....cathy

Gina said...

kylee - im so jealous! I'd love to have one of those things but I have no place to store it. i cant wait to see what you are doing with that bad boy.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

When I read the title of your post and saw the truck, just for a moment, I thought What is she gonna do with that truck. Ha.. What a wonderful new toy. We too need a new tiller. WE might make due one more year though. Ours is a Troy built. I don't remember what model. Some years I don't use it at all other years I use the heck out of it. My repair man gave it a death sentence the last time he worked on it. It needs to go in to just get it started this year. We will see.

Have fun with your new toy. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Bob said...

Ooooooo, shiny!

But knowing you and Romie, not for long. Have fun with the new garden toy!

Tom Arbour said...

Kylee- Quite a nice piece of equipment! Seeing the picture of your front yard really gives me perspective of where you live on in the agricultural hotbed of Ohio.


Nancy J. Bond said...

She's a beauty! And the critters seem to approve. :)

Victoria Williams said...

The cats look so cautious.
Can't wait for drier weather so we can see you in action!

Dave from Colorado said...

Love your new toy.

It will always be hand digging here.

The rocks in the valley soil would destroy the tines in one day of tilling.

Unknown said...

I could use the new tiller for my front yard.. preparing the new flower bed and planting the variegated Bear's Breeches.
Thank you for your comment.
With winter protection I am sure the plant will grow in my garden.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I just love the official inspection committee you've got going there in the last photo!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Shady Gardener said...

Looks great - and it also looks as though you have a nice sunny place to use it! Enjoy and keep us posted! :-)

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

That looks like a FUN new toy :).

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