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Old April 20, 2019   #16
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This may not apply to the current project (very pretty area, yours too rockman!), but if you are trying to remove grass in an area from sod that was installed in the past few years, do not jump right in and start to till. Sod in my area comes with a plastic net backing. What a mess to try and remove from a tiller.



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Few yrs. ago we had a bad yr. for corn worms, then the black birds discovered the worms and ripped the ears more than the worms. Since then we have used lunch bags to cover ears after they have been pollinated. We grow Ambrosia bi-color now which seems to be tight wrapped enough to deter the moths that lay the larva on silks. As for my helper, once the birds find that juicy worm it's hard to deter them and just like my 5' rubber rat snake in our strawberries, you have to move it quite often.
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Old April 28, 2019   #17
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So my neighbor used his tiller attachment on his tractor and tilled up the new garden for me. Such a relief to be almost ready to plant. I don’t have the dimensions yet but it’s bigger than the garden at the old place for sure. Now I just need to build up the raised rows and planting. Very ready to get this season started!





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Old April 28, 2019   #18
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Beautiful sky, land and soil. And a nice neighbor?!! Enjoy!

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Old April 28, 2019   #19
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That's good looking ground! Awesome.
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Old April 28, 2019   #20
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Really getting along!
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Old May 4, 2019   #21
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I prefer no till and letting the grass grow between rows. In the end it is far better for soil health and fertility. I have done both side by side to test this too.

There is information about this on my thread about the Red Baron Project
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Old July 15, 2019   #22
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I was going to suggest Red Baron’s thread. Similar climate and soil,too.
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