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Posted March 19, 2011 - 12:08 PM

Won't my wife be proud when she see that I plowed more of the yard !!!!

When my wife looked the the front window and saw the new plowed area , I could tell from the tone of her voice that she was " very proud"of me .!!!!!

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 12:37 PM

You plowed the FRONT yard?

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 12:57 PM

Kenny , here's the view my wife saw this morning , at least she can't see my old Ford tractor sitting in the yard from any windows !!!!!!
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Posted March 19, 2011 - 02:55 PM

Just giving you a ration. You have a large front yard.
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Posted April 03, 2011 - 08:46 PM

Planted the spring oats today, I just broadcast the seeds and set the disc straight and just kept driving over and over .0403111814.jpg

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Posted May 14, 2011 - 02:07 PM

Here's an update , the spring oats are about 12"+ The winter rye that I cut down with the David Bradley is now mulch for the potatoes . When the spring oats get a little taller I'm going to try using the DB and cut that for mulch then plant sorghum grass .P5140057.jpg

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Posted May 14, 2011 - 02:41 PM

I don't think I could get by with doing that in my front yard. It's a WHOLE lot smaller. LOL

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Posted May 14, 2011 - 10:18 PM

Perennial Rye is what im puttin in. and make sure ya mow before it goes to seed or you will just be planting seed in your garden and then you will be fighting the weeds/grass,oats or what ever ya are using for mulch. yup i mowed last year and got the seeds and had a nice stand of grass at the end of the year lol.
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Posted May 15, 2011 - 01:27 PM

mike165 , does the perennial rye grow thick enough stems to cut with the sickle bar before going to seed ? I already ordered some sorghum grass but could try some on a section . Al

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:24 AM

Cut down the spring oats , noticed after cutting a lot where just pushed and not cut , then I remembered that I forgot to set the draft on the Tri-Trac to move the right wheel over inline with the sickle bar , it was knocking the oats down before it would cut . :wallbanging:Removed what was cut and mowed the rest with the JD318 , tilled and planted the sorghum grass.
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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:50 AM

So excited to use the tool, you forgot how to use it.

Been there, don that... Gas comes to mind a lot :D

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Posted May 31, 2011 - 01:02 PM

I don't think I could get by with doing that in my front yard. It's a WHOLE lot smaller. LOL


Well Kenny that might depend on the neighborhood? I remember an old Lady in Newton, had a beautiful Victorian Home on Second Avenue with a very small yard.
Right across from the Post Office and got tired of mowing grass. She plowed up the whole yard and planted flowers.
It was that way for 15 yrs, and while people may have thought she was nuts, no one ever told her.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 09:09 PM

I'm a little late posting this but back in the middle of July I cut the sorghum grass with the DB , raked it off to the sides to dry and let it regrow .. Last week I weeded the plants in the garden , threw the weeds in the weedy walkway between the sweet potatoes , covered them with grass clipping then the dried sorghum grass, P8070546.jpg

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Posted August 09, 2011 - 03:33 AM

Looks great!, just remember that grass, straw mulch adds organic matter to your soil ,whitch is good but it also sweetens it, if you don't have enough acid your potatoes will get scabs on them

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Posted August 09, 2011 - 05:19 AM

if you don't have enough acid your potatoes will get scabs on them

Thanks , I bought one of those HF Ph meters and guess I better start using it !! I'm really happy that my neighbors have been using their baggers from time to time so I'm getting a pretty big pile of grass to use too.




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