Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by Delkancott, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. RocketmanDane

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    I’ve had to cut down close to 30 or 40 small trees or large bushes the last couple of days… The previous owners of our land let everything grow uncontrolled..

    Picture Rhododendrons that can only be tamed with a chainsaw and a pole saw. I use the chainsaw to cut back and locate a main branch. I then have to reach in with a pole saw to cut it off…

    The good news of it all is that I am starting to open up a nice sunny area for next years garden :)
     
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    Recent new property owner lesson…
    NEVER underestimate the importance of a GOOD weed eater..

    IMO.. A Stihl even “medium duty” weed eater beats most any weed eater you can find!

    I was able to clear in a hour a area that was #1 Un Mow-able and #2 would have taken all day with my old weed eater!
     
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    I bought a used Stihl FS250 with the handlebars about 5 years ago. That thing is a beast, and with a good harness or shoulder strap you can let the weight hang on the strap and just steer it with your hands.
     
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    I've pretty much given up on gardening for this year, since the soil in my backyard is pure crap. For now, I'm building raised garden beds and using lots of compost to enrich the soil.
     
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    Have you guys tried a weed whacker with a brush cutting blade? I have a decent Echo, but it doesn't handle anything woody very well. Been kicking around a bladed model with bigger balls or some kind of walk behind unit.
     
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    Yes the ones with circular saw teeth or chainsaw cutters will mow down some saplings. The little 4 bladed ones are good for tall grass. Instead of slinging grass clippings everywhere, the grass just lays down.
     
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    grass gator with metal blades has worked well for me. I use it with my 2 stroke echo.
     
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    I have a Shindaiwa weedwhacker that will dismantle small trees with ease. One of my favorite two strokes so far in my life. It just works. That said, Stihl makes great stuff.
     
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    I’ve been looking at those attachments for a while. Haven’t pulled the trigger yet thou.
    I have seen a few times a head that looks almost like a wire brush wheel. Has at least 4 wire strands that supposedly destroy brush and small trees. I’d be interested in seeing how they actually preform..
     
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    Booberries
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    @DiscoveryLover are those wild or cultivated? We don't have wild blue berries down here. But there has been a bumper crop of wild black berries. I eat handfuls on my walks. Maybe defeats the purpose? LOL I've been mowing and weed whacking around a few patches since last year to promote their maturity.
     
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    These are from some of my plants I planted the past few years.
     
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    I am starting to learn how bad raccoons can be for your garden…

    My Neighbors all have sizable gardens and the raccoons are destroying them…

    It’s got to a point they have multiple heights of electric fence some barely above the ground to keep them out.

    Looks like we might be having a Holler hunting party :)
     
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    It may not look like much.. BUTT due to the rain from the last 2 hurricanes I have finally been able to scrap off 3-4 inches of packed gravel and you can now see the MUD below for my new garden!

    You can really see in the right top of the 2nd photo where I have finally broken through. What’s nice is at that level I can use a flat shovel to “peel” the last inch or two up exposing the rock free soil!

    So far it looks like we can get at least a 25 by 20 garden in to start.

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    A tractor would make short work of that task. Something to think about... Beg borrow steal.
     
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    I Agree, my neighbor doesn’t know it but I am going to go buy him a couple cans of diesel for his tractor tomorrow.

    I know He doesn’t mind helping out folks with his tractor but I know he gets annoyed that no one offers to cover the fuel.
     
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    Sometimes the gesture is enough. Sounds like you know what to do!

    Tractors sure come in handy if your property didn't come well manicured.
     
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    461B7368-7A04-43B1-BADE-8C9BC80C90BA.jpeg A few Corn brooms made from last years harvest. The long handle is walnut the shirt one is sassafras. Just harvested this years crop. Should have enough for 3-4 brooms.
     
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    I cannot seem to catch any of the local garden eating raccoons..

    Just these little guys..

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    Yummy !!
     
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