Tired Old Garden

June 3, 2018

Last year, I fell into a large pile of used tires that I have plans to build with.  While last years garden was marginally successful.  I was able to harvest green beans, snap peas, green peppers, tomatoes, and a few other things. I found that the soil was full of clay and rocks and made it very difficult for my vegetables to grow as well as finding it very difficult to keep up with the weeds.  This year, I have decided to recycle in excess of 65 tires in order to build a defined and raised individual vegetable garden. Since I was replacing the garden I made last year, the first step in the process was to remove and clear the old garden.  This included all of the fencing, the posts, the logs used create the beds and trellises. In addition, I had to turn over all of the soil from last years garden and attempt to dig down even further to make a better slope for the tires.  In order to accomplish this, I used my 1952 Ford 8N tractor with a rear scraper blade. We built this garden in sections, which included about 20+ tires per section. In order to relocate all of these tires from behind the barn to the garden area we used the International Harvester 184 Lo-Boy tractor with John Deer dump trailer. I was able to transport 5-6 tires at a time and each round trip only took 3 minutes.  The pick axe was the next tool to be...

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Gaining Access…

February 19, 2018

When dealing with raw acreage and steep terrain, getting to certain areas can be difficult even on foot. The goal in a farmstead or homestead operation is to have driving access to as much of the property as possible in order to make the best use of the area.  On seventeen plus acres with steep inclines, water to cross as well as old and new growth forest, creating access has been a slow and methodical process. The first step is figuring out where you need to go and what the bet route will be.  For most people with flat land a straight line or the fastest route is usually best. Here at the Homestead the terrain provides many obstacles such as steep inclines, cliff sides, uprooted trees and a winding creek in a steep valley. My route is rarely a straight line but rather is dedicated to the safest route for driving heavy equipment like trucks, tractors and whatever else I can get up there on. When the route is determined, the cutting begins.  I have a wide diversity of trees and brush so a variety of cutting tools are required. The absolute most important tool on any homestead is a chainsaw.  I keep a 10". 16", 18", & 24" chainsaw ready to run with multiple sharp chains.  Most of the primary cutting gets done with a 16" or 18" Echo or Stihl. I will typically spend more than an hour or 3/4 full tanks of fuel cutting trees either growing or fallen in the...

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