There are half a dozen little areas at High-Water that would make good planted plots. They get all day sun and have a nice gentle slope.
I decided to convert one of them today and having recently bought a little cultivator I figured that it would be a good test for the machine.
It’s basically a 50cc whipper snipper head unit on a tiller.
The area that I wanted to do was unfortunately a bit tough for this machine as it still had a lot of grass.
So I went to work on an area that had no grass but just a few weeds and hard dirt. Here it is in action.
After a little while, a much lesser while than doing it by hand, the area was tilled. The little cultivator did a great job and every time I see the soil here it amazes me how rich it is.
I finished it off with a heavy layer of organic sugar cane mulch.
I’ve been accused of being a bit pedantic with maintenance and care of my tools. Whenever I use a tool, whether it be a screwdriver, socket spanner or tractor, I always clean it down and apply a coat of lanolin oil. I am a big fan of Lanotec. Having lived on a boat for almost a decade, I have an intimate relationship with rust.
These cheap little Chinese machines rust very quickly if neglected. By washing them down thoroughly after each use, drying them and giving them a squirt and wipe over with Lanotec, they will last a lot longer and also be easier to service when I need to undo those nuts under that guard.