Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:37 am

With having our repair shop next to our house & on the same 4.2 acres,business hours totaling 64 hrs/wk it can be difficult to get the bigger garden projects done. We closed shop for Memorial day so it was a good day to get a big project done.We have a larger size garden,it provides us with chemical free,organic,non-gmo foods.We started raising our own mulch to use on our asparagus patch & other select areas.I tilled lots of our lawn & seeded with rye last fall,now we need to turn that 6' tall rye into usable mulch & do it without any real farm equipment.It took many hours but we got it done with time to relax in the shade in the evening & enjoy the whole day with its varied projects & relaxation time. This all was possible because some brave men & women fought & some gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. This is a late posting but we are in our very busy season with our shop work& this is the first chance I've had to post this.
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MTD 800 series garden tractor,20 HP B/S ,50",10 gauge deck pulling a Peco vac cart powered by a worn out Tecumseh 6 HP
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Definitely a chore better suited for a farm tractor pulling a flail chopper & wagon,but this is all we have
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6 foot tall rye with some a bit taller than that
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Dumping the chopped rye
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dumping in progress
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unloading
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clean out & reset the tail gate,time to fill it again.
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time to refill
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That's the sign to look for if you want to find us.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:46 am

Wow, what a super looking garden! I'm right with you on the benefits of chemical free,organic,non-gmo foods. I fear that we as a nation are slowly but surely poisoning our populace in order for the big agra businesses to 100% corner the food market, and for everyone involved in assisting them in their conquest to make a few easier and more plentiful bucks along the way (the carrot that big agra dangles).
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
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Re: Our Memorial Day project

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:49 am

Our plan was to till the ground & seed oats in it to then take off late Sept when we will again seed rye . But, too much work,too little time & too little equipment we will probably just wait till Sept & seed rye.Some day with bigger & proper equipment we will be able to do these projects more quickly.My wife plans to take more garden pics today,weeds & all ,i'll try to post those later.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both


Re: Our Memorial Day project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:54 am

Looks like that Huskee is doin just fine WH--slow & steady :blah: :clap: toothy
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: Our Memorial Day project

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:06 am

FF , Iknow smitty & others dislike the MTD products,but without these 800 series garden tractors we would be without period. I have 4 of them,1 - 1995 with a belt driven 28" tiller permanently mounted, 1 - 1997 with a 46 " deck & bagger,it also gets a 48" blade on front,chains & extra weight on the rear for snow clean up after the truck is done plowing, the one in these pics is a 1998 ,it has been used MANY hours by me. I bought all these Gt's for max $350 each,also have a 2000 with ruined engine,former owner drained the oil & then proceeded to mow...he forgot to refill with oil.I will install a good used engine & have another GT,we want to mount a cultivator on one. The 2 speed transaxle turns the 7 speed variable speed drive into 14 speed & low range, low speed is really slow.... very good for these projects.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:36 am

The tractor shown mowing is the '98 which does the lawn mowing too,i pull a 60" Swisher behind & alongside . 50 + 60 = 110 but minus the over laps & i probably cut 95 - 100 inches each pass,this has drastically reduced the time i spend mowing each week.Saturday afternoon it took me 2 hours start to finish.Used to be 5 hrs b4 taking some lawn for the rye ground & b4 the swisher.The Swisher actually is less capable than the tractor so mowing speed is decided by the Swisher's ability rather than the tractor.If it decides to rain during my allotted mowing time i will mow with this GT alone. This 50" deck will mow in the rain without complaint & i only have to occasionally turn the blades off to drop a load of clippings that hang on.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:35 pm

Lots of rain this week,ground is finally ready for shallow tilling to disrupt the weeds.Using the Columbia tiller as it is 18" & easier to control than the 20" Troy-Bilt in between the crop rows.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:16 am

Nice plot and pretty country.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:38 am

My wife is always behind the camera,I have to try & get some pictures of her hard at work in the garden,picking strawberries,weeding,etc.,she does all the hard work. She has been working almost feverishly to catch-up & stay ahead of the weeds. Strawberries are almost done so she will be able to focus more on the weeding. A garden of any size is work,this size is lots of work,but the food from it tastes better ,is healthier for us, and we can enjoy the reward of our hard work.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:57 am

windyhill4.2 wrote:FF , Iknow smitty & others dislike the MTD products, .....

I had a Huskee push-mower ... once ... :lol:

Yeah, that's the oil it shot out the exhaust ... :funny:

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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:15 am

Windy, what no electric fence to keep the deer and racoons out? :o
Nice garden. we still are planting in ours as the rain has kept us out of it for days on end.
Dan.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:56 am

Smitty,for a guy who claims to repair these units full time,you of all people should realize that the Briggs engine spitting oil out the exhaust has nothing to do with the name on the deck. :roll:
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:58 am

Lu47Dan,no fence,just pinwheels & little white flags on the bean fences,deer are still a slight nuisance.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:52 pm

Natives have a theory when planting. One for use now, one for canning & one for the critters :) Hell, they were here WAY before us!
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:22 pm

Nice job Dave. But, oh man that looks like a lot of work. Made me sweat just to look at the pictures ! :shock:

Last time I worked a garden that size I was sitting on my brothers Ford 8N. Made quick work of it, but no time to enjoy the ride - about the time I got the disk hoe straighten out it was almost time to turn around again. :D

Paul
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