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I Just Gotta Mow! — 4 Comments

  1. I’m feeling your pain. Although my problem is abut 5 acres of grass and nothing to actually mow it with. I better start saving my pennies so I can buy a riding mower.

  2. Hello!

    I keep meaning to to drop by the blog and see how you folks are doing. I’m just going to have to stick “Rural Renovation Records…” into my sidebar and then I’ll remember.

    I have a suggestion for your 5 acres of grass. It ain’t grass…it’s hay…think of it that way. Use a half acre or so for your lawn and let one of the local farmers hay the rest of it. It’s a heck of a good way to start your bartering process. He gets the hay, you get your land tended to so it doesn’t start turning back into forest (which it will surprisingly fast), you don’t have to worry about having to spend all week trying to mow 5 acres worth of lawn and you’ve made a good neighbor.

    It’s what we’ve done with the old 225 year old family farmstead for 3 generations now. The land has been hayed, planted with cow corn, turned into summer pasture for the neighbors cows and even partially planted with pumpkins at one time. Now it’s just hayed by a good friend of ours who replanted the field with forage.

  3. Great idea. I have actually thought about doing exactly what you mentioned., more or less just keeping 40 or 50 feet clear around the house. My only concern is there really isn’t too much farming nearby. There is a small farm just down the road, but all they do is grow hay and keep chickens for eggs, which I buy both of. Eggs for real breakfasts, and hay (mulch) for the pot belly pig that we rescued last week. I’ll have to talk to them to see if they are interested.

    Ultimately I’d like to clear a good portion of the “grass” so I can grow some of my own food. I don’t that’ll happen for a few years however.

  4. fhdogs,

    Talking to the owner of that small farm is a step in the right direction. If they don’t require the extra hay they might know of someone who does. Dairy farmers for example don’t usually mind driving their tractors and haying equipment a few miles to get to a good size hay field. As long as it’s worth the fuel and normal wear and tear on equipment.

    I saw the photos of your pot belly pig you rescued. Cute guy and I hear they make great pets and smart ones too. And having experience in working rather large personal vegetable gardens (like 60 x 40 feet), I’d definitely hold off until you have your renovations to the old farmhouse finished. Fair size gardens can be a full time job to take care of after your full time job is done for the day of course. And having at least a decent roto tiller (ie: a rather expensive one or an attachment to the lawn tractor you need to buy)is a must.

    Of course weeding is still done on your hands and knees and you’d be amazed on how quickly those damn things grow. 😛