The Motorhacke: How to tame a wild horse?

As for gardening, I'm really bloody layman. But, hah !, how nice would it be to harvest fruit and vegetables from their own vineyards? And a lot of blooming flowers around the house I would like too! Our new property offers many possibilities, we could also keep chickens here, or geese, or a donkey... But I digress too far.

To be honest, now, in the middle of spring, the blooming paradise seems far away. We stand knee deep in the undergrowth and ask ourselves: How does this chaos become something of a garden? With too much muscle power, I can not serve, but maybe a device that I have discovered on the Internet helps us: the motor hoe!

My garden and me: the ups and downs of a love story

My first own "garden" was a small roof loggia with southern exposure. I bought balcony hangers, pots, tubs, plant fertilizers and many, many flower seeds and onions. Weeks later, I experienced a real boost of joy: just with me suddenly bursting the most magnificent Chrysanthemums and magnificent salvies! Gigantic sunflowers raised their aesthetic heads to heaven! I did not feel like the woman with the green thumb, but rather with the golden hands. I had created a paradise!

Some time later, we moved into a pretty row house in the city, of course, I was looking forward to the design of the garden. Meanwhile, however, I had two small children in tow and little time to cut out each shriveled chrysanthemum flower individually so that at least three new ones regrow. But lack of time alone was not enough for the terraced garden to end up in disaster, maybe the ground was somehow poisoned ?! Nothing bloomed here, I became a breeder of green leaves and crooked stalks. The lilies fell victim to the lily beetles, the salvias did not even start and the chrysanthemums remained in dwarfism. For eight years I fought in vain, then we moved out. In the new house and new garden I try my luck again. What will happen this time?

Dig up the garden without heavy work - with the tiller

Something sobering was the sight of the new garden: The extensive bed presented itself completely overgrown, on the wildly sprouting plants stored layers of dry shrubs from previous years. First of all, it was time to pick up the old stuff and then see what's going on beneath it. Unfortunately, after cleaning up we found mainly onions, which had conquered a large part of the vegetable patch for themselves. And another plant, which we identified somewhat uncertainly as rhubarb: What do you think, is that true?

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The Motorhacke: How to tame a wild horse?: garden

I could hardly imagine working this bed with the hoe and rake, so much muscle power, I just have not ready. So I searched the Internet for a device that could help me - and it was not too expensive. I encountered a lot of garden cutters with really impressive looks, which I dared to put a stop to the invading onion army and to loosen up the soil to the Teife. However, they cost at least 250 euros, so much money I did not want to spend. Finally, I bought for about 80 euros, although a less defensive-looking, but highly praised in the reviews Einhell tiller - she should be my campaigner.

The wild horse and the bed

As I said, I am anything but a garden professional. When I held the pick in the hand, I was not even sure if I should really let them go on the plants, or if I had to remove all the onions and consorts by hand first. But what's the point: try it is about studying! So pick up the power and go up to the field! The device does not dig through the ground like a milling cutter, but rather stirs it up like a gigantic stir bar. That's why it leads to a quite wild dance on our admittedly very difficult practice course, which I also knew how to curb well with my rather low muscle power. Earth and plant remains whirl away in all directions, which you have to sweep back afterwards. Just have a look:

As I said, this was only a first attempt; I still have to work on the subject of »garden«. We have already planted some samples, maybe it will really thrive. But for later I'll inform myself if we should pretreat the floor even further, after the efficient hacking. Then we will also see how we attach the bed to the sides and bring everything into an appealing order.

My conclusion

I can really recommend the tiller. She not only hacks the soil, but also all old plant material, both short and small. Afterwards you can sweep away the green remains with the rake and turn out deep-seated onions / roots with the garden claw (I've just learned how it's called!). If I imagine what a sweaty job it would have been to do it all by hand, I'm really happy about investing 80 euros!

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