Monthly Archives: June 2017

So Long Johnny Popper

I sold my 1955 John Deere 40U today. I just don’t use her much anymore as I can do everything I need to do with my much more efficient Grillo 2-wheeled tractor. Over the last year of owning the Grillo … Continue reading

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A Key for Fence Posts

A neat little trick I learned from two places–a hillbilly and an astute New Zelander–is called “keying a fence post.” It shouldn’t have surprised me really, since this is how a standard T-Post works. The flat piece of metal on … Continue reading

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The Longest Day

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Appropriate Vehicles

Many people seem to think two different things about vehicles that I think are quite off the mark. One is that if you have children it is incumbent upon you to go out and mortgage a new or late model … Continue reading

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Tile Drainage

Something that may be surprising to many people is that much of the states of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan are covered in a vast web of subterranean drainage plumbing, or drain tile. If it was visible, ironically, it could hardly … Continue reading

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Hay Mulching

Many gardening writers say never to use hay as mulch. The stated reasons are that it contains seeds, and the stems of the plants are hollow so it doesn’t break down quickly. Also, Hay has historically been more expensive than … Continue reading

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