Monthly Archives: January 2017

Putting down a pasture (Part 2): plus the farm scale rant!

Actually seeding a pasture can be a daunting task, especially for the uninitiated. And I’ve met more failure than success in this endeavor. Unlike guides on what species to select, there are not many guides on how to actually seed … Continue reading

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Ode to the Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana, or the Eastern Red Cedar, or simply “cedar” where I live, is a very worthy tree in my opinion. I have a few reasons for this. (Those fiber rods are in there with some electric wire to stop … Continue reading

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Doing yourself a favor

One of those truths that I have had to repeatedly learn seems to extend universally through doings in life. Quite simply put it is this: do yourself a favor in learning something by using the proper product or tool. Oftentimes, … Continue reading

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Cover Crops, Nurse Crops, and Biological subsoilers

I have mentioned “cover crops” before, but I have not given any clear examples. Cover crop is a phrase used to describe many kinds of plants that are grown for “cover” and not for their produce. For example, one can grow Wheat … Continue reading

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Erecting the hybrid fence

YouTube can be helpful, and I plan on uploading some videos of key tasks as they arise, which will be linked back. Here’s an outline of the steps. 1) Get a layout. This may involve consideration of laws and ordinances, … Continue reading

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The anatomy of my (non-living) Hybrid fence

High-tensile woven wire: 39” tall, 6” vertical stay spacing, 9 wires, with 2.5” spacing at bottom increasing to 7” spacing between the top wires. It has class III galvanizing, which is the best that one normally finds. It is 12.5 … Continue reading

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A quick note on soil testing

Years ago, before our understanding of soil chemistry was thorough, certain plants were used to indicate soil quality. The Beech tree, in Indiana at least, was a prime indicator of well drained, fertile, and deep soil. If Beeches were large … Continue reading

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