How to Make and Use a DIY Soil Grader.

How to make and use a DIY soil grader.



DIY soil grader!

What you need.

A wood pallet with most of the wood removed.

A couple of ropes.

The ability to act like an Ass.  Or horse.  Or mule.  Take your pick.

Just drag it behind you.

Also if you could have weird hair and extremely pale legs, that’d be great.



  1. Mack says:

    Hehe,yep,when you need it done you improvise.
    Only thing I can say is to find some sandals made from recycled tires so you could also call your self a Tractor! :)

  2. Thank you for making me smile. I really needed it today. Love your posts!

    Enjoy your summer. I look forward to hearing more.

    Best regards,

    Mary Ellen Hills

    P.S. And yes, I am redoing my website – great product – horrible website. New one coming, really!

  3. Kathleen says:

    After reading the last post and this one, I feel the dire need to take a nap. All that exercise is SO tiring! LOL!

    You go Girl!

  4. Skylor says:

    well played

  5. Teddee Grace says:

    This reminds me of the time my father plowed a field wet, turning it into a jumble of rock-hard lumps of soil. It was my job to go over it with a tractor pulling a harrow in an attempt to break up the rock hard lumps. The harrow kept breaking and my father, who was working across the field attempting to do the same thing with a disc, would have to stop his tractor and walk all the way across the field to wire the harrow together so I could have one more go. I was damned if I did and damned if I didn’t. It was not a happy experience!

  6. Kitten Caboodle says:

    As a fellow skim-milk-colored gal, may I suggest the following:

    Hempz Touch of Summer for FAIR Skin Tones. I just checked and they sell it on Average price in the States is around $11/tube. I’ve gotten it as cheap as $8 and I’ve spent as much as $13-14 when I was desperate. Worth. Every. Penny. I find you can get better deals when they’re bundled into multiples. Don’t buy it on eBay – there are too many knockoffs.

    This stuff changed my life. It gives just the slightest (flattering) hint of color. Not a tan really – it just dulls the screaming white glare and masks the blue undertones. I have to moisturize anyway, so now I’m multi-tasking! In the summer, I sometimes pick up a tube of the same in the Medium skin tone and mix 1/2 and 1/2 in my palm before applying. It’s a nice, natural-looking color. No streaking, no weird palm stains. Straight Medium tends to be a bit too dark on me (and it builds up more on the rougher patches on the knees).

    Seriously, it’s the cat’s pajamas.

    • Mark says:

      It doesnt make you look orange ? Im also a “So white Im clear.” person. I look pink though, not blue. It should be called unfair skin

  7. Ruth says:

    Brilliant idea… Of course, I would probably grab the camera and tie Leo (whoever he is) to the grader instead, but then again… Leo is probably not strong enough for the job…

    Go Karen! (Keep clicking, Leo… Keep clicking…)

  8. Markus says:

    Maybe more like a reindeer, they also served a pretty important purpose! You can really crunch up the dirt clods and elevate the rocks if you fence staple some chainlink fence under it and maybe put tire on it (on the wood parts) for a little weight. Run around a few dozen times and you’re set. With a little help, you could finish early enough, play a few innings of softball on it, grade it again and start gardening.
    Ya gotta have some fun

  9. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    You’re too cute to for me to call you a jackass..donkey maybe…yeah..much better..

  10. Jamieson says:

    “Grade” Eh Jackass

  11. Kristen says:

    Great idea! We’ve also used a section of chain link fence before. I’ve also heard of using a bed mattress spring. You are going to much more work than I do! My goal: put the plants/seeds in the ground. But my garden is tucked away and the only people who see it are my neighbors.
    Have fun!

  12. Christie says:

    I love your hair! And who needs to work out when you’re doing sherpa work like this?!

  13. Teresa Jennings Richardson says:

    I spent last Friday and Saturday digging out the grass along my fence line and edges of my garden plot. I was tired of pulling off the grass tops as they grew. I dug down and got roots and runners. It was hard, tedious, and felt so good as I looked back and had nice clean straight edges with nary a blade of grass inside my little patch. My hands are still sore and barely close, thanks to those angry sore joints, but there are no weeds in my garden. The corn, okra, tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, peppers, squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe, onion, cabbage, strawberries, basil, string beans, and kale thank me. So does my brother who came and hauled off 8 baskets of roots and runners to plant in a shady patch of his yard that just refuses to grow grass. (Sure, I could have added that to the compost pile, but I really didn’t want more grass growing–and some of that would have rooted in my compost–and he did. If some of that grass lives in his shady patch, I have someone who will break up my garden forever–just to get more grass to cut. Two possible winners here.) I need to go pick the string beans and be sure no new grass is brave enough to come up in the area I have declared a “Grass Free” Zone before it rains this morning.

  14. Wendy says:

    Have fun planting.

  15. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Too funny! No one commented on your biceps…no wonder your arms look so good.

  16. brenda says:

    you are an awesome jackass!!!!

  17. SuzyMcQ says:

    San Tropez Self-Tanner and mitt. Worth it’s weight in gold. Even looks great on your face.

  18. Dave says:

    It may look funny, but that soil grader is a good idea.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Dave. Clearly you’re one of the few who actually gardens here. ;) ~ karen

    • Grammy says:

      Yes! I can’t imagine strolling along, dropping seeds as I go, in a garden plot that has just been dug.

      All the people making fun of this procedure should be required to do some kind of penance. Like go back and read some prior posts (a quick look at yesterday’s would reveal a picture of a garden plot clearly in need of some work before planting) and then write a report on what they’ve learned. It would need to be a minimum of a thousand words.

      And they would be forbidden from sending the report to Karen, because she’s busy doing stuff. Each one should send it to his or her mother, who will tell them they need to come over and help in the garden and learn a thing or two if they ever want a home-cooked meal at her house again.

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