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A Farmers Gardening Blog
Gardening as a Pastime(with tractors always in the picture) Many potential gardeners who work, and travel some distance to and from work, just physically do not have much time to do what they would like to do in the garden. Then there is the people who...
Vicon Acrobat spider wheel 50 Years ago
We took delivery of a brand new Vicon Acrobat spider wheel hay turner come rowing up tool fifty years ago this month. It was an amazing machine at the time with no driving parts or gears, just turned by dragging the four wheels along the ground at an...
This day fifty years ago 31 May 1961.
Just browsing through an old diary looking at what I was doing this day fifty years ago 31 May 1961. We had just finished silage carting having done a 118 loads of grass off 15 acres, the trailers, two of them, being three ton hydraulic tippers that were...
Potatoes planted a foot apart - was not twelve inches
On the up side it meant that three men could plant more potatoes than six people with different size feet. Potatoes', Going on from what Matthew Naylor wrote about potatoes, in one of his blogs, the earliest I remember at home was of the ground being...
Farm Dispersal Sales
Job to know where to start, and find things long forgotten, Things we used like brushing hooks, n' pitch forks stale gone rotten, At one time there used to be quite a few dispersal sales on the run up to March 25th when tenancies would be timed to...
The hay elevator
I save it just in case, nothings ever chucked away, Piles of it every where, It might come in one day. I Remember the old cast iron wheels Long old elevator, use to pitch the corn, High in the hay barn, before the combine born, After harvest it was thatched...
I've got a little Breakdown,
Drill bits with the edge knocked off, the saw it hit a nail, Hammer's got a headache, and it needs a brand new stale, I'm sure that I'm not alone on these scribing's, most folk won't admit to how their workshop looks, and how it is...
The Garden Telegraph Pole
The long arm of the hedge cutter whiplashes forward past the pole and back again, giving the flails a second bite at it. The Garden Telegraph Pole Blog. Yet Another Embarrassing Moment (or should I say weekend) -- It was July and the front garden hedge...
The Load Tipped Over
It was as if the tractor was on an elastic band springing gently from its precarious position, with me holding its balance, You may or may not know that feeling when you know a trailer that you just spent a lot of time and energy loading by hand tips...
Our First Attempt at Silage Making
The grass came out near black and toasted, but smelt sweet with the molasas, the cows liked it, but not much feed value left in it. The first silage that we saw demonstrated was at our local Farming College in the 1950's, they had a concrete tower...
Farmers Skills know no Bounds
Old nuts and bolts of any size, they build up in the shed, But finding one the right size, too thick too short the thread, Over the years you pick up most skills needed to run the maintenance of your farm, the obvious one is laying concrete, and brick...
The War-Ag had a stock of arable machinery.
Most tractors ran on petrol (gas), or started on petrol and run on TVO vaporizing oil (kerosene) War time restrictions During the second world war , everyone suffered in some way or other, what with the food rationing , restrictions on fuel and most of...