Wednesday, April 20


We bought (with cash, no debt!) a used Kabota this past winter to add to our little homestead. Sean borrowed a pair of discs from the organic farmers up the road a bit and turned up three big patches for me to plant.
One thing I love about where we live is how it quickly became a neighborhood affair.
One neighbor brought his grandboys over to watch and another climbed on the front of the tractor to try to put some weight on it while it cut through the sod.

Other than lots of rocks and worms, we found one broken piece off an old plow.


Our clay soil is nothing to get excited about, so I'll share next what we did to help the soil along.
Very, very excited about the expanded planting this year. I've always said that my goal is to have less and less to mow each year!


Jessica said...

Congrats on your new machine! I love it when neighbors come over to help out, and even just to watch and visit. It seems to be such a rare thing anymore. (Depending on where you live of course.)

rebi edel said...

to get less to mown, maybe you should have sheep then?
I love the wide space you have.

Sarah said...

I think the shot with the boy in mid-chicken chase is my favorite. Classic :-).

Jen's Busy Days said...

My dh has just dug up a big patch of my backyard for a garden patch too despite it being autumn here. My goal is the same as yours, less and less grass to mow, especially as I am allergic to it. Pity I have neighbours who like their lawns. Oh well!

Good luck with your preparing and planting.

Best wishes
Jen in Oz

Sally said...

That is great! I am looking forward to 5+ years from now, when most of our grass disappears and is replaced with plots of veggies and berries and trees! said...

I agree with less to mow! It is interesting to see how every step your homestead is becoming more and more self-sufficient.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

What are you going to plant in your garden this year?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a bunch of fun.. I love getting the plants in the spring..
Good luck with getting rid of the grass ! Thinking of that I have to cut the lawn when I get home from work tonight !!! UGH
Sue in NJ

Jamie said...

I totally agree with you about your whole post.We have been blessed with an nice farmer that plows every time I need it.We are inching our way to hardly any grass to mow!!I do want some but not as much as we have,we only have two acres but with gas and no need for so much grass why not make it useful.Please stop on over and visit our family blog.

Becky said...

I always enjoy reading about what you are doing to your homestead. What are you going to plant in the newly cultivated area?

Last week a family friend came with his tractor & plowed a new area in my backyard. We extended our vegetable garden, I'm excited about getting my garden going again this year. I have to fence the back part of the garden before we plant because our labby likes to go in there to pull out our freshly planted! Although she can easily get through those little garden fences she respects the boundary. I am thankful for that. :)