I have a new toy.
I've been bitten by the gardening bug, and since it's far too early to plant anything, I've settled with getting the garden ready for seeds. This means topping every tire with a load of fresh compost, since last year's material settled and some of the tires were only half-full.
The compost is beautiful and friable. The plants will love it.
But this also means trundling endless wheelbarrows of compost the distance between the compost pile and the garden. This year I'll be building "bays" near the garden to start fresh compost piles in a more convenient location; but for the time being I'm stuck with the old compost pile, which is a good 200 feet away. That may not sound like much, but it is when pushing a full load of compost (120 lbs or so) uphill through mud, across the flat, then into the garden.
And I have more hard work ahead of me, because we plan to lay vinyl down on the garden between tires (for weed control and water runoff into the pond) and anchor it with gravel. The gravel will have to get moved wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow, and I know from experience that moving gravel by wheelbarrow is VERY HEAVY.
So when Don noticed that Ace Hardware was having a sale on a heavy-duty garden cart, we splurged.
Naturally it came in a box.
Sorry Lydia is blurry. She was a big help, as you can imagine.
Soon Don was buried in instructions of the "Secure steering yoke (K) to front axle support (L)..." variety.
Fortunately my manly man is good at these kinds of things, despite a few omissions from the Chinese-written instruction book.
He even had the obligatory one-part-left-over washer. He says it's a guy thing.
My new toy! Ain't it purty?
The cart comes with a flimsy plastic liner. It's just temporary, though. Don said he'll make me a sturdy liner out of OSB.
But for the time being I thought I was being clever by covering it with a piece of cardboard that came with the cart.
I immediately baptized the cart with a full load of compost. Wow, I was able to fit about three times as much in the cart as I could in the wheelbarrow!
It was still tough to get the cart uphill through the mud of the compost pile, but at least I was pulling instead of pushing, and I was also toting three times as much (meaning, one-third the effort per "unit"). I pulled the cart alongside one of the bigger tires and started unloading. The cart maneuvered easily and didn't "tip" on corners despite the heavy load.
I quickly discovered the cardboard was useless, duh.
The cart allows me to drop one side at a time for easier emptying.
One cart-full of compost allowed me to entirely top off a huge tractor tire. Score! It would have taken two or three trips with the wheelbarrow.
I'm giving this cart a Grade A. It's an excellent addition to our homestead.