A few weeks ago I introduced what I was sure would be my inaugural post of “The Country Way To…” where I attempt to explain the way things appear to be done in the country. On the weekend we went down to the farm, primarily to get our vegetable garden started (it will be too late in December apparently). The trip gave me loads more material for “The Country Way To…”
We have always had a small vegetable garden here in the mountains (Country Boy is a keen gardener and a horticulturalist too), but lack of space has meant that we haven’t had the big garden Country Boy would like.
|Toby loves the tractor…|
But… In the country we have oodles of room, so Country Boy has got a big garden all planned out. I was thinking that the project was way too big for one weekend, but of course I didn’t consider the “country way”.
In the city we (OK… Country Boy) use a mattock to break up the dirt. We then dig in some fertilizer and we are ready to plant. This takes a while and is hard work.
In the Country, you get your tractor, and use the bucket attachment to scrape the grass off the top. You then attach your ripper, and drive backwards and forwards a few times. This digs up the dirt in about one tenth of the time needed to do it by hand. It is also fun because you get to drive a tractor.
|Watch out for sheep poo!|
You may have noticed that, so far, the country way to do things seems to include using a tractor when ever possible. Alternatively my father-in-law just loves his John Deere!