So there has been a misunderstanding back at the farm. J thought I called the tractor rusty, not the rototiller. He agrees that the rototiller is rusty. In fact, both of them are, one just a little less so.
Just before my last post J found another identical rototiller on Craig’s List, this one in better shape than the original.
This one has all the parts, belts, dodads and thingamajigs that make it run. In other words, the purchasing of parts to actually make the thing work is probably not necessary, unlike the original:
So the new plan is to cannibalize the original one for parts and use the new one. Apparently these rototillers are no longer produced, making it extremely difficult to get parts (except for things like belts.) Or so I’m told. All I know is, my garage is beginning to look vaguely like a used John Deere parts department.
In case you’re wondering why the new one looks so much larger than the old one, apparently Rusty has already had parts removed and stored. It does look pretty sad sitting next to the newer, better kept model, doesn’t it?
In other news, the eggplant and pepper seeds were planted this weekend (3/13), and are currently under the light in the basement, 16 hours a day.
It is a bit like watching paint dry until they actually sprout.