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I was able to borrow M's rototiller. She works with me at the library and is also big into gardening. It's much smaller then I'd imagined it would be. Basically a chainsaw motor attached to a platform.

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We'd almost always plant a garden back in PA when I was growing up. Our garden there was about 4 times as big as my little patch. So I was expecting something much heftier looking to accomplish the daunting task of tearing up the dirt. I remember last year being very sore and tired from trying to hoe the garden by hand.

Tonight when I got home, I removed the fence surrounding the garden, took out the tomato cages from last year, the plastic, and then raked up the dead corn stalks and grass as best as I could so it would be easier for my diminutive piece of machinery to work. Also, the yard is starting to seriously encroach on my veggie producing real estate, so I wanted to try and re-edge the plot as well.

I fiddled with the starter and pull rope and then off I went. At first I was a bit tentative. After all, I've never used a rototiller. Remember, on the farm, when it came time to dig the garden, dad brought the 40/20 tractor out and it was done in 20 minutes. But as I got through a 1/4 of my plot I became rather impressed with that tiny tiller. It was churning the earth like a champ!

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All tore up!

Took me about an hour and a half to do the whole garden. I still need to edge, but I'll get to that tomorrow. I also need to do a little reading about fertilizing and get some horse manure, also courtesy of the very helpful and kind M.

I imagine my back and arms will be protesting tomorrow.

It's a start

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I received a generous seed donation from K over at Rock Garden on April 18th and got them into starter pots the same day. I put them in a window and placed some lamps around them to give them a good start. Our last frost date in NH is in June. I plan to start planting Memorial Day Weekend.

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So far for seedlings I have:

Amish Paste Tomatoes
Lollipop Tomatos
Jalapeno Peppers
Another hot pepper I can't remember the name of. ^.^

Herb Garden:
Sage (Monticello Farm)
Thyme (Monticello Farm)
Cypress Vine

To be planted directly into the garden:

All Blue potatoes
Gold potatoes
Green peppers(variety tbd)
Snap beans (Contender)
Cocozelle zucchini
Silver Queen Corn

Herb Garden:

Florence Fennel
Lemon Balm


The Farm and my garden

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The Jones estate, time worn and turned into an apartment building.

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My garden and backyard.

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Garden in need of a rototiller!

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The herb bed. It has some thyme and oregano left over from last year making a come back.

Welcome to Frank Jones Farm.

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Well, at least it would be Frank's if it was the early 19th century. I live on just a tiny part of what was once a 2,000 acre farm owned by one of Portsmouth, NH prominent historical figures.

Frank Jones was a poor boy who grew to be a politician and business man who ran everything from a button factory to a brewery. He drove business and industry into Portsmouth with his connections, creating jobs for hundreds, even as he steadfastly opposed switching from the gold standard, which would have supposedly made money cheaper for the masses, thus earning him the title of gold bug.

It's on my own little part of a gold bug's land that I hope to raise a garden of vegetables and herbs. Some simple food to make the summer fresh, wholesome, and green.

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