We have a LOT of dirt.  And that dirt contains an awful lot of rocks.


Now that we’ve gotten the big stuff out, it’s time to prepare the soil for its final destiny as pasture, garden, and backyard lawn.  We had to hand-pick everything larger than a softball, and all pieces of wood longer than 6-8″.

There’s too much to rake by hand, so we are using a skidsteer and a rockhound to get the rocks out of the top 2-4” of soil.

Here’s where the garden is going to go.


First pass with the rockhound.


I never got comfortable driving Barney, but the controls on the skidsteer just ‘clicked’ for me.  I logged about 13 hours on this beast over the weekend.


Here’s the windrow of detritus the hound picked up.


This is what the dirt looked like after two passes.


We’ll do a few more passes, and then we’ll be ready to seed!

About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.
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