a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Time To Break The Garden

You may not have heard of "breakin'" a garden but I believe we use that term because a breaking plow is first used.
Then the cultivator is used to turn old crops under and feed the ground for the next planting.
Back and forth, until the clods of earth are leveled.
This was the first plowing and the rain came just right to soak into the earth.  The horses have used it for a rolling dirt bath and we will have to plow one more time before we plant.
Every one was there to help.

13 comments:

Journaling Woman said...

Yes it takes the whole family to turn the earth.

ellen abbott said...

You don't plow under in the fall after you harvest?

Rural Rambler said...

That old dirt looks beautiful and I would love to be there taking in the smell of that rich brown soil! I think I'm into smelling Spring this week :) "Break the Garden" I love that.

Tina said...

Gail...I am so ready for the "breakin" of my soil!
Some day we will get out from under all this rain..and I will find my way to the back yard..been reading and catching up on your posts..looks like you have been a busy gal...as usual!! ;-)

Sunny said...

The snow just recently melted off our garden, can't wait to break it and plant some veggies.
Sunny :)

Rudee said...

Look how busy all the hands (and hooves) have been at your house. Many hands make light work, don't they?

I'm looking forward to your plantings.

Nezzy said...

It's good to have plenty of help breakin' ground! I'm so glad ya had plenty of "helpers"!

Have a blessed day!!!

rebecca said...

When you turn the earth like that it must smell so good. I've always loved the smell of spring and of turned earth....so natur(al). Big job tho!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I can tell you are getting ready to plant..we are still at least 8 weeks away from any gardening:(

Queen-Size funny bone said...

let the fun begin....

Lori E said...

I love the look of good old soil. Can't wait to see what you plant, besides horses that is.

allhorsestuff said...

Yea..someone can move forward...our Lion is here with Snow!
The garden is really big!
KK

The Green Stone Woman said...

Breaking the garden sounds like a very fine ritual and one I'd like to take part in if I got to ride the plow.

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