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I spread 30 bags of Black Kow compost yesterday. Does that help?
I moved 4 large wheelbarrows full of fresh horse stall compost yesterday, around 200 pounds/each--missed a stall cleaning day. Dumping on top of cardboard, which is on top of 2nd year burdock in the south pasture. DH is chomping at the bit to find SOMETHING to do with our tractor, and hoping for a snowstorm.
 

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I moved 4 large wheelbarrows full of fresh horse stall compost yesterday, around 200 pounds/each--missed a stall cleaning day. Dumping on top of cardboard, which is on top of 2nd year burdock in the south pasture. DH is chomping at the bit to find SOMETHING to do with our tractor, and hoping for a snowstorm.
Got a front loader bucket on that tractor? It sure is easier than pushing a wheel barrow!
 

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@majorcatfish a post on BYH reminded me how you made me laugh 5 years ago, so I thought you might appreciate this.


When we bought this place 5 years ago, I was coming up here working on the house, getting it ready to move into. I would get cross eyed from painting or laying floors, and go take a walk with a trash bag. This place had so much garbage thrown out on it that I filled the car or truck every trip back home (where we had trash service LOL). I mentioned that I was a brick shy of a full load on TEG and when I got home after several days of being up here working, I had a package! It was from Majorcatfish on TEG...…..inside the package was a brick! I laughed until I cried. I was utterly exhausted, worn down from running back and forth to our new place and trying to keep up with both homes. I sure needed that laugh. I still have that brick.

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We send the older ones out to be ambassadors of "Minnesota Nice" to spread it across the south! They've had the most practice after all. And all those years of adventure and excitement can take a lot out of the body, we don't want anyone to break a hip. :old

And thanks for the dictionary link, but I have one for you too:
https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/most-educated-states-in-america-2019

(Also all in fun! :D )
@majorcatfish a post on BYH reminded me how you made me laugh 5 years ago, so I thought you might appreciate this.


When we bought this place 5 years ago, I was coming up here working on the house, getting it ready to move into. I would get cross eyed from painting or laying floors, and go take a walk with a trash bag. This place had so much garbage thrown out on it that I filled the car or truck every trip back home (where we had trash service LOL). I mentioned that I was a brick shy of a full load on TEG and when I got home after several days of being up here working, I had a package! It was from Majorcatfish on TEG...…..inside the package was a brick! I laughed until I cried. I was utterly exhausted, worn down from running back and forth to our new place and trying to keep up with both homes. I sure needed that laugh. I still have that brick.


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who ever says us southerners are nuts, maybe so but at least we have all our bricks about us....
 

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Got a front loader bucket on that tractor? It sure is easier than pushing a wheel barrow!
TRUE, but I don't want to get it out every time I miss 2 days of cleaning and have to catch up. Usually, it's only a little bit Over 1 large wheelbarrow's full. My plans are to cover 2nd year burdock with cardboard and then move my decomposing piles on top so as not to either use poison, or try to catch that "window", between 60-90 degrees F, on a windless day, to spray, then keep the horses off of it for a few weeks.
Also, my big wheelbarrow doesn't fit inside of my barn--I have a 32 inch door, you see, so I can only put it inside one of stalls, then use a 70 quart muck bucket in my small wheelbarrow, and repeatedly dumping, 4x=1 large wheelbarrow's full.
DH is itching to "play tractor!!!"
 

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A 32" door to a barn? :thIs that your only door? Or is that the width to the door/gate to the stalls?
 

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Nope. There is a sliding door to the shelter, about 6 ft wide, a 10 ft opening with a louver type door on the SE side, where I have a stall, and a 32 inch door to the north, where there is the original garage, and that is where I now keep my tractor. I have a 10 x 12' stall, right next to a 12 x 12' stall and across the aisle is a 13 x 8' stall, where there was a wooden wall, and uses the north wall and west wall, with a 13 ft gate. I created the other 2 stalls out of round pen panels. It makes it very easy to take them out to clean in the Spring. Anyway, WITH the stall panels up, I cannot get my really big wheelbarrow in to any but the SE stall. It's easy to think that you can use your tractor every day. That would mean I would have to start it up, turn it off while I clean and empty used bedding until it is full, then dump, then drive it back, turn it off, etc. When I clean every day it usually takes 1 1/2 large wheelbarrows full and I can certainly push that to dump. I will be cleaning my shelter in the Spring, too, and that is where the tractor will REALLY come in handy. STILL, I will need to get in there and shovel and use my tiller to get it clean. I will not have to fill a tow wagon and drag it out with my riding mower, then dump. THAT was ALSO driving out, turning it off, filling it up, turning it off to empty, etc. I have been doing this for almost 20 winters here at this place. DH is still itching to drive the tractor for jobs. Next job is to empty my truck of the 20+ packages of shavings not yet unloaded. HE drives, I load, I UNload, he drives back to the truck, and so on. Still, much better than using my wheelbarrow for this.
 

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being a wonderful bluebird sky day and 59* decided to get motivated on a few gardening chores
trimmed up the muscadine grapes..
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cleaned out all the birdhouses dang they were full
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cleaned out the asparagus bed..
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not much i can do at this point till the ground dries up a wee bit in the main garden, so the weeds have a chance to grow a little more..
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and then there is the raised bed area..
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all the wood is rotted in every bed, have decided not to go back to wood rather going to make them out of cinder blocks. plus going to reduce the size of the area, going to have 5 12x4 beds and a couple smaller ones for herbs and reduce the fencing as well...

it was fun having all those beds but as i get older it's just a little overwhelming.....

having thought about going back to pine, but that only last 2-3 years, the other option was pressure treated lumber yes that lasts longer, but cost is out of the question plus still to this day i dont feel comfortable using it in a veggie garden even though they say it's safe.

so going with cinder blocks and caps of course there made with fly ash from the power plants, but i can handle the lesser of the evils since they only use a small percentage into making them, the only draw back of using block it would be harder to do a winter garden if i wanted to that again. but the block will never need replacing.
 

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