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27 May 2007 @ 11:36 am
Oi! Who here can tell me what speed a rototiller goes? Assume one that's the biggest size you can walk behind. As fast as a lawnmower? Slower? How much slower? The ground is more sand than soil, and tends to give in pretty easily.

We raked and weeded this morning, which was a bigger deal than it sounds, as we haven't raked leaves in a very very long time, and the weeds were so bad they were like small trees. We were going to rent a rototiller today, but just the raking and weeding tired us out for a while. :) The good news is that the leaves killed much of the grass, so we actually have bare dirt over half the backyard.

The plan is to till everything at the back and sides, plant red clover, and till it under in mid to late August. Then we can hit Florida's second growing season. We're planting corn and tomatoes. Not sure what else yet. :) Perhaps some melons. I need to study the books and figure out what other warm-weather crops we'll like.

In the middle of the yardwork, there was Drama.

A couple, walking up and down the street, screaming at each other at the top of their lungs. Woman had a child toddling beside her, and one in her arms. At first we stayed prudently behind the house-- this area isn't a gated community by any stretch, and usually it's just better to let people have it out. But when she started screaming "Let me go!" I decided it was time to make an appearance. I grabbed my phone, Rob passed me up to go onto the front porch, I looked out the window and saw the man grab the woman by the shirt, shaking her. She still had the baby in her arms. "Bing," clicked my mind, "that's assault and battery, definitely time for cops." Rob went onto the porch and roared "THAT'S ENOUGH!"

"Call the police!" the woman cried.

"We've done that," said Rob. "I SUGGEST YOU LEAVE RIGHT NOW, SIR."

Righteous fury personified. In the meantime, I was on the phone with 911, reporting what was happening. Cops came like seconds later. I think they caught up with him, but he was pretty far down the street by then. Turned out there was a third child, maybe seven years old, who wasn't sure which one to go to. Mom was screaming for her to come here, Dad (presumably) was walking away fast. She eventually came to Mom. A female officer drove up and took care of the woman and children. Another woman, who lives a block away, had also seen what was going on, and apparently had actually seen the man hit the woman. We stood together on the sidewalk for a bit, till it was clear we were no longer needed. Then she left, and Rob and I went back to yardwork. The cop took the woman to the woman's grandmother, who lives a couple houses down.

I was so proud of Rob. He was so powerful. *hugs him*

Now it's noon, and my hands are blistered. I'm not sure what else to do today. :) I think I might make a sundress.
Alyssa The Not So Brave: Courage life expandsverisimilitant on May 27th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Rob is a LION of JUSTICE. You two rock.
High-velocity pie of death: fistnixieq on May 27th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
you guys kick ASS. it frightens me to know how many people wouldn't have done anything at all, and heartens me to know that there are other people out there who WILL help. and probably made the mother feel better, too, at least at that particular moment.
Spam: duckiemadbodger on May 27th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know how fast a self-propelled tiller goes, but I'd guess it would be a slow walk at max (otherwise the ground wouldn't get very well tilled). And the speed would be proportional to the motor speed, so if you throttle down, it should go slower. We have one we bought last year (they're cheap in the late fall) but haven't fired it up for the first time yet and don't know how fast it goes.
Baron Aloha: mentorultramang on May 27th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
My dad has one that is in the "almost too huge for home use" self-propelled size range, and it's about forward walk speed(even in reverse gear, so human beware). We have clay soil, so it may not apply as much, but we seem to have more control with reverse-tine rotation. Forward rotation gives you more depth, but you probably don't need/want to till too deeply. It might make things harder when you go back over a spot and it bogs down.

Good luck, and look forward to achy biceps/triceps.
Robbstro on May 30th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
"Good luck, and look forward to achy biceps/triceps."

Oh boy, I LOVE achy muscles!
Baron Aloha: move over bacon...ultramang on May 31st, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
The problem is when you get too close to an area you've tilled before, and it wants to sink towards it as you go forward. Then you have to, like tilt that mofo back on track.
Baron Aloha: King of All Cosmosultramang on May 31st, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Or think about, it, throw it in reverse and redo your line. I tend to forget this.
Robbstro on May 31st, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
That's going to be especially troublesome, I think, 'cause our yard (like most yards in Florida) is SAND.

I hope I don't sink.
Baron Aloha: 200 pts from Gryffindor!ultramang on June 1st, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
At least it should go fast, barring any Sarlacs.
DarkRiver: fiercesmolder on May 27th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Way to go you two!

I had a woman screaming at her kid next door, and I was listening very carefully. There was no crying or wailing of any kind, in fact, I saw the kid riding his bike around outside, so it seemed on the razor's edge of ok. But, yeah, I see someone hitting a weaker person and they're lucky if I ONLY call the cops.
Rob: bustedbstro on May 31st, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Something similar happened to my mom once. She was on the bus, and there was a woman a few seats back screaming at her kid.

As the woman was leaving, my mom "accidentally" tripped her (or almost did, at least).
vlynnvlynn on May 28th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Eep I've had to make one of those calls myself. No fun indeed.

Don't know much about the speed of a rototiller, but I betcha it'd be good enough to chase down some out-of-line dudes in the street. :-D hee