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Tuesday
May022017

More about Fred.

At long last, a bit more about Fred! Judging from your comments, robotic lawn mowers aren´t a thing (yet?) in the US, but by now they are quite common in Europe - or at least in Germany. Fred is the third of its kind in our little village! However this is probably not due to the fact that we are all such early adopters but more because the gardens here are huge and it´s quite handy if someone else does the work for you (which took us about 5 hours a week with a regular lawn mower). 

Enter Fred! Fred is a heavy duty model (because remember, large garden) and wasn´t cheap. I have to admit that at first I was very sceptical because Fred was such an investment and while the other Freds in our village were doing a fine job, our garden is a bit different with its many beds and borders and trees and shrubs (which is also why a lawn tractor didn´t make sense). The question was, would Fred be up to the challenge? 

The answer is, yes he is! I have to admit that the results were lacking in the first few days but Fred is supposed to "learn" his way through our garden over time - something I was very sceptical about but by now he actually does know (and mow) every nook and cranny in our garden! It´s really quite impressive. Also quite impressive was the time it took to prepare our garden for Fred. We (well, by "we" I mean mostly my husband, because Fred is his baby...) had to set up a border wire (a little information about how Freds work is here), Fred needed a power supply for his docking station and then we had to eliminate any possible obstacles - which included leveling out some of the bumpy areas in our garden so that Fred wouldn´t drown in a puddle! Which is why there are so many freshly sown areas in the pictures. Anyway now that all is done and Fred is doing a good job I can whole-heartedly say that it was worth it! Yay Fred!  

Just for funsies I searched my hard drive for this picture from more or less exactly 6 years ago. It´s the same area that you see in the picture above. And NO, it wasn´t better before. This was a jungle and not a garden. 

Bonus picture! My fabulous husband built me tomato houses! Gosh, aren´t these so pretty? We still need to put up the greenhouse film and I assume after they won´t look that lovely any more, but until then I get heart eyes whenever I look at them. And see those large areas between them? Two words: Dahlia borders! Can´t wait! 

PS: This post isn´t sponsored by Husqvarna, although it totally should be. 

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Reader Comments (7)

Thanks for explaining Fred your new miniature racing car. You two deserve him for all your hard work on taming that pre-lawn wilderness. The changes are amazing. This summer in New Zealand was one of the worst for tomato ripening. I planned to freeze cherry toms for winter pizzas but looks like I will be spacing them out on the pizzas this year. I could do with one of those tomato houses! Looking forward to dahlia photos later in the season.

May 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Fred saves you a lot of hours this mowing season! Nice to hear you a enthousiastic about him!
Like the picture with Ludwig meeting Fred!
Like your tomatoes houses! Wish I had a handyman like you have!
Have fun with all your garden work!

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterInkiemulder

Your husband is so clever, tbe tomato houses look really nice...Fred is every blokes dream I should think..

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Fred - did you name him that or does he come with the name? Definitely not a thing here in the US - yet. I have a lawn tractor and mowing takes me 4 hours per week on that so Fred's brother or sister would come in handy here too. Do you have to supervise him while he's at work? (I remember the cute "standing on my head" story).

Hard to believe those before and after photos of your garden - what an achievement. And the tomato houses are indeed worth of heart eyes!

May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

wow, i am just so impressed how manicured that back area is on the other side of the gate. not sure i've seen that before, but looks like you may have done a lot of work shoring up with rocks and beds! love the tomato houses! everything looks gorgeous.

May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Sally - I had to laugh re spacing out the tomatoes on the pizzas! Oh dear! That was last year for us - hence the tomato houses...

Helen - oh absolutely every blokes dream! You should see the male villagers hanging over our fence to catch a glimpse of Fred ;) (seriously)

RC - oh no he is not called that by Husquvarna, although that would be cute! No we just gave him that name because we have that silly rule that everything needs a name. However Fred does not need to be supervised - he works all night so that would be a hard thing to do anyways. Of course in the first few days he needs a bit more attention to make sure everything runs smoothly, but after that he does his own thing.

Anna - thank you! There are a few pictures of this area on the blog but yes it´s a space that I rarely photograph. This is an area that we literally bulldozed a few years back and then sowed new grass on it - that´s why it looks so manicured (not sure I like this word!) in comparison to the rest of the garden! :-)

May 4, 2017 | Registered CommenterKatrin

The framing on the tomato houses is beautiful.
American television program This Old House did a feature a few years ago on robotic lawn mowers, but I have not seen one yet. What a time saver.

May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRhody

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