Saturday, December 12, 2015
Postholes, Pumpkins and the Mud-Gate
I couldn't ask for a better day to put in post holes. I hooked the new 850 we bought a couple weeks ago up to the post hole drill and went to town. It was almost 70 degrees I was wearing a t-shirt and still working up a sweat. Kinda unusual for December but not unheard of.
It's amazing what 8 inches of rain and a little more horsepower will get ya. At one point the auger was biting in so well I was yelling for my dad (who was running the tractor) to pull up because it looked like the drill was going to pull the tractor in with it.
The top picture was the last one we drilled out at the bottom of the set and it was already filling with some water you can kinda see in the picture.
I really need to look into getting a smaller bit but it seems kinda foolish since the larger one works for all the posts. I don't mind a little extra backfilling and I got more important things to spend money on right now.
This is a picture of what I call the mud-gate. It's another one of my problem spots. The gate that runs between the pasture and the hay field. Normally its just wet but when we let the horses out into the hay field they tramp through here and turn it into a mess.
So far making messes and destroying things is about all I can figure out horses are good for.
Anyway I have dropped base rock in here, gravel, wood chips on top and none of it stops the quagmire from forming. My latest idea, that I am currently collecting rocks for, is to start putting in some BIG rocks when it is really wet like this and see if I can't make a bottom in it somehow. Some Big flat ones or even some landscaping bricks people are always throwing away. Perhaps that will finally give me something to hold the baserock and gravel in place because I ain't spending a bunch of money on gravel to have it go poof like the last two batches have.
You can see from my holes that the Small-Hold has no rock in it's soil at all. You can dig down four feet anywhere around here and never find a rock. If ya do it was brought in by someone.
I then chopped up the left over pumpkin we had on the porch as a decoration and fed it to the chickens and the sheep. The only ones who will eat pumpkin is the rams actually the ewes don'tseem much interested in it.
The new Red hens managed to run Cali our barn cat out of her nap spot. Then one of them kept following her around.
I am not sure what's going on with that stupid chicken but it's been following the cat around all day. The cat is not amused by the whole thing though.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!