Monday, November 29, 2010


It would be awfully tempting to get a small riding tractor to help with tilling and mowing, but I think I can manage with walk-behind equipment which is a lot cheaper and uses a lot less fuel. I bought a used Troybilt horse tiller with an 8 horsepower electric start engine and a Troybilt sicklebar mower with a 3 horsepower engine. These two machines have served me well in the first summer of clearing the place. I mowed all of the one-acre pasture twice and tilled a quarter-acre piece for the 2011 garden about 10 times. It would be nice to have a tractor to spread compose and turn the compost piles, but I can also hire strong kids to do that. Hey, maybe I could call them 'interns' and get some free labor.

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