Do you have a little heater in the cab?
Like Harry, I don't have a heater in my cab either. Just having the cab to block the wind, snow, and sometimes rain makes a huge difference. But there have been a few times when some heat would be nice. I remember one time a few years ago we had a big snow storm overnight and I spent close to 3 hours the next morning out snow blowing my driveway and two neighbors. Temps had dropped down below 0F that day and even with some insulated coveralls, winter boots, gloves, and hat, I was starting to get a bit chilly after a couple hours.Do you have a little heater in the cab?
The trick with the heavy clay is frequently adding lots of organic material like grass clippings, leaves from fall clean up, even fine wood chips.Your garden looks terrific. My hard clay soil never looks like this.
Keep the Peace
Gordy sounds like the same thing I have done over the years. I have compost bins for grass clippings leaves coffee grinds and ash from that fire pit in my pics. I spread that out on garden every year before winter and snow hits and then till it into soil. I started with a lot off shale and rocky soil at first but now it’s right where it needs to be.The trick with the heavy clay is frequently adding lots of organic material like grass clippings, leaves from fall clean up, even fine wood chips.
I have a Estate Rake (small 6 wheeled side rake), so I let the grass get longer between mowings and leave it on the lawn a few days to dry before raking and applying as mulch in the garden, in the fall till it in. If it has been adry fall I will burn it to get some stable carbon and ash in the soil like mother nature used to do.
Then when the leaves have dried (so the mower and bagger chop them up nice and fine) I apply them to the garden 3-4" thick (more than that and the sleeve hitch will catch them and pile up under the axle till the tractor loses traction) then till them in. I have applied the the leaves like this up to 3 times in a season.
I have a Craftsman chipper shredder that makes fine/small chips that I apply as mulch and till in in the fall with the grass mulch.
It will take afew year to notice much difference, but mine has lost the yellow tint and looks nice and black now ;-) And is easier on the tractor and tiller.