Friday, July 24, 2015
Beetle Attack!!! Jamby and Kymber would be Proud and My Next 3 Building Projects
I was kinda racing a storm front all afternoon trying to get my weedeating finished, among other things. The morning had been rather hot and sunny so I had the solar wax melter going and then decided to get out the gas trimmer and take down the large weeds around the concrete pad that is the target for the new outbuilding.
Unfortunately my battery powered trimmers (which I still swear are a better invention than the light bulb) are a bit too under powered for these weeds since I have let them go all Summer. Of course if you have been reading my blog very long you also know that I consider small gas engines as instruments of the devil and the smaller they get the more evil they become. That would make things like trimmers and my little bitty tiller something akin to Beeazulbulb or Azmodius.
I do have this one Ryobi trimmer that I use with a blade on it for cutting small trees and heavy brush that I also have a string head for so I decided to use it. It actually started and worked for about 90% of the way around the concrete pad before the string got broken off. Since I can't use my third leg as a hand the string kept exploding while I had it apart and the holder apparatus refused to go back together so I finally tossed the useless thing back into the barn in disgust.
Luckily I was able to finish the weedeating with my trusty 40 volt Black and Decker trimmer. Man I love that thing. Always starts, easy to rewind the line, absolutely zero maintenance and enough battery power to do around the entire barn area even after two years of use. A second battery gets me around the house and garden area as well.
So anyway the concrete pad is now exposed and ready for the new building. Just about the time the county changes the tax laws so buying a moveable structure isn't quite the deal it once was too. Figures.
In the background you can see the pasture I brush-hogged yesterday and the old loafing shed with a pig shed/lean-to next to it. This is my next project as I plan on claiming part of the main shed and the lean-to for implement storage by the end of Summer once the fencing project is completed.
While I was trimming around the pad I noticed Boris was leaning against the ram's fence and the ram, Frazier, was headbutting the fence, and Boris by proxy, rather hard. Boris was rather upset by this and was obviously in some pain. What had happened is Boris tried sneaking between the fence and a tree and got stuck. The ram got kinda pissed at Boris for hanging out on his fence and started headbutting him.
After getting Boris out of his stuck position I then jammed this old tire in the spot to keep him from going back in there, because ya know he will. So finally I found a use for an old ugly tire. Good thing I hadn't taken this one in yet I guess.
Since the garden is basically a bust this year, although e did get our first Tomatoes today, made yummy BLT and Egg sammiches with them too :)
Anyway the Japanese Beetles haven't been hanging around attacking my garden. I been wondering where they got off to and today I noticed my big Apple tree was looking awfully brown.
There are literally millions of beetles eating the leaves down to nothing in that tree. I am going to have to spray it with something I am afraid or it will be entirely defoliated in less than a week. These beetles are almost as evil as weed trimmer engines.
Always something around here.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!
And Kill Japanese Beetles too.