Starting Mantis Tiller Won’t Start No Spark With This Book
“Spark your Mantis Tiller” is a real do-it-yourself guide for anyone who wants to start a garden with their own Mantis Tiller. The author, Robert J. Young, has done his homework and has taken many hours of testing to come up with this useful book. “Spark your Mantis Tiller” is about using the tiller as a garden tool and how to get the most out of it for your gardening needs. The author shares his experiences starting out in his garden with a rented tiller and goes through all of the steps from planting, preparing the soil, and finally finishing the project. He also gives tips on where and how to buy or rent a tiller in his helpful eBook, “Spark Your Mantis Tiller Won’t Start No Spark.”
The book starts out with an introduction on the importance of the tiller for gardeners and how it can be used both by hand and with an electric version as well. It goes into the basics on what a tiller is, how to use it, how to maintain it, and how to prepare the soil. In the end, you will have your own garden full of healthy and new-growing seeds ready to plant! Robert J. explains how to prepare the soil as well, including how to aerate and mix the soil, as well as the proper time to water the soil with the tiller in order to help it to germinate and grow. This section is especially good, because he also covers proper soil preparation, the correct way to use the tiller, and precautions that must be taken to prevent injury and diseases.
The second step in the book is about how to fill the mason jars with the seed mixture you are going to use to begin planting. Robert J. also explains how to go about properly preparing the soil for planting, which involves mixing coarse sand or stone to the soil, if it is not already mixed and then filling in the jar with the sand or stone. This step helps ensure that your seeds will be moist but not wet when you place them in the jar for several weeks. Then comes the fun stuff. How to get the seeds planted.
“How to Start No Spark One acre Garden: Gardening For Beginners” has great information on how to plant your seeds, pictures of some great seed planting methods, and most importantly, the very first step in proper planting: the preparation of the soil. Robert J. explains the proper procedure for removing the sod from the area where you plan to plant, steps to make your soil more alkaline, then how to put it in the ground. I also liked the explanation of how to water the soil to set the seeds, and what time periods are best for planting. This step alone could take several hours of work, so I appreciated that Robert did include a time schedule in his book. I also appreciated that he said there is no need for fertilizer during the first year.
With that in mind, let’s get to the meat of the book. The first method in Robert J. Smith’s How to Get the Seedlings Started: Mantis Tiller provides a step by step process for planning and preparing the seedlings. There are three different methods for planting, all of which are illustrated. The author also includes a short description of the Mantis Tiller itself, and a short explanation about how to care for the tiller after it has been used.
The second section of the book focuses on preparing the soil for planting. This is probably the reason that most people buy the mantis seeds in the first place because they want fresh, unadulterated seeds for their gardens. The author provides a list of fertilizers to apply before the planting, and there is even a chart to help you determine the right amounts to use. The author also includes a short article that compares using compost and human wastes as fertilizers to determine whether or not the organic methods are the best choice for gardeners who need fertilizer.
The third section of the book is about taking care of the seedlings after you have sown them. Robert J. Smith starts out by describing the care needed after the seedlings have been sown, then goes into explaining how to plant the seedlings so they will grow healthy. There is an area at the bottom of the page that has a short biohazard warning, and a couple pages on how to care for the seedlings after they have been planted. I do like how he emphasizes not to over water the seedlings, and I also like the advice to water only when it seems necessary. He also includes some good information about how to protect the roots of the plants, and there is a page devoted entirely to describing common gardening problems, complete with a brief description of each problem and its solution.
Overall, this is a very good book for people starting off with small flower gardens or growing herbaceous plants, but that is not necessarily starting plants at all. As long as you follow the advice in this book and do not use chemicals unnecessarily, you should have very healthy flowers and plants. And if you happen to have one of Robert J. Smith’s Mantis Tiller models sitting around in your basement, you just might get lucky and catch a few bugs eating your bugs.