(Also note my lovely assistant.) :-)
I couldn't believe how bad it smelled under that tarp! It was worse than musty!
(Again, my lovely assistant.) :-)
Okay, these next couple of pictures may not be too good. I just hope my explanations help. lol
A long while back, I read about this technique for turning the dirt. It went something like this:
Dig a hole that's about 12 inches square. Put that dirt aside.
Dig a hole directly beside the first hole that's also 12 inches square, putting that dirt in the first hole.
Repeat, putting the dirt from the hole into the hole you just previously dug, until you get to the last hole. Then take the dirt from the very first hole and put it into the very last hole. This way, you have turned all of the dirt without requiring a wheelbarrow or tarp to lug around a bunch of dirt.
So that's what I started doing, since I do *not* have a tiller.
Here's the first hole:
And etcetera... Until I had two columns done!
Pitiful "farmer" that I am (not), this took me almost an hour!
Then I had to go take a shower and wash my hair in preparation for the evening bus run.
I didn't have the time nor inclination to get back out there today.
But I did go to the grocery store and picked up a few things, so I'm not totally useless today! :-)