Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Mower Fairy

The mower fairy brought me a tractor! 

The tractor has a bucket on the front for lifting and hauling large loads of stone, or gravel, or sand,  or earth, or bales of straw, or maybe even pushing over a small building [whoo-hoo!]. 

The tractor also came with a bush hog and a finish mower.   We're considering trading them in for a flail mower like this one.   Thanks to my friend, Faith, for telling us about these.  I'd never heard of one before, but this is exactly what we need.

Now all we need to do is learn how to drive the tractor.   And then convince the barn fairies to clean out a space big enough to put it.

Also, I'm going to make contact with the equipment shed fairies because it would be really nice to have one of those [equipment sheds, I mean], too.

In the meantime, I'm going to mark off large sections of blackberry brambles to mow down so we can start cultivating some of the wild blackberries around here.

Which begs the question: If we cultivate the wild blackberries [i.e. flail them into submission] are they still considered wild?   Inquiring minds want to know.




2 comments:

  1. They're domesticated blackberries.

    And how do you cultivate wild berries? Just mow down what you don't want and then care for the remaining bushes? Inquiring city-slickers-without-the-gardening-gene want to know.

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  2. Hi Janiel! Our blackberries get tall. Really tall. As in, by the second or third year, they're 6-8 feet tall with canes as big around as your thumb. Wick. Ed.

    So, to keep them under control, sort of, we need to mow them down [or burn them] every other year after we harvest. The first year they grow and set wood, then the second they bear, we harvest and then mow at the end of the season.

    Some blackberries you don't have to do that with, but ours are really wild and they're just too dangerous and dense to let them stay huge. Plus, they stop bearing if they get too big.

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