Getting Ready For Winter: Part II: Lawn and Farm Equipment. Tools, etc.

Your tools are your money makers. They are expensive to replace. My father was raised on a farm back in the early 1900’s by a pair of extremely frugal parents. Money was scarce, it was hard to come by in those days. You learned to take care of the things you had because they couldn’t be replaced. My dad was the same as his parents. I can always remember that the first thing he did after the last harvest was to winterize his garden tools and other equipment. I am much the same way. I still have some of the shovels and a pitchfork that my dad had. Heavens! They must be close to 40 years old now. These are the things I learned as a youngster, things that I still do today. the list is relatively simple and short. You can expand the list as your needs dictate.

  1. Clean off all the dirt from garden tools, that includes tiller blades, lawnmowers, garden tools
  2. Lightly sand the handles of wooden handled garden tools with a fine grit sandpaper to remove burrs and splinters, and wipe down all the handles of wooden garden tools with linseed oillinseed oil
  3. Wipe down the blades of garden tools with oil or store in a bucket of sand with oil impregnated throughout the sand. We do the same with our shovels, pitchforks, and other larger garden tools in a half barrel of oil impregnated sand. Keeps them from rustingtools in sand
  4. Cover equipment that is too large to store in sheds with a tarp or heavy plastic.
  5. Drain, roll up and put away all garden hoses, sprinklers, hose rolled
  6. Drain all gasoline from gas powered equipment engines so it doesn’t gum up the carburetors during the cold winter months.

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Feeding Time

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This is the chore that I actually think that I love most. It’s like playing the Pied Piper. Just walk out of the back door, yell “Chicken!” at the top of your lungs, and they all come running. Ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, cats, and the dogs. I’ve learned to feet the free rangers, the ducks, turkeys, geese and chickens first. Cats 2nd, and the dogs and goats last. If I make the mistake of feeding the cats first, even though I’ve learned to out it up high, inevitably, the chickens will fly up to get cat food. It seems like they ALL like cat food.

It’s a fun walk back to the chicken coop. Pied Piper it is. Speed Star 1.0455375  00They all follow in a single line, or sometimes, like yesterday, whichever animal got there first, won! The geese and chickens run with their wings outstretched as fast as they can.Speed Star 1.0446379  00

Speed Star 1.0359483  00 Those outstretched wings give them a little lift and enables them to run faster. Turkeys run like a prehistoric beast from Jurassic Park. The dog, well, she just runs over all of them, It’s like having an 80 pound weimeraner dozer. I can’t tell you how many animals she’s rolled in the past. It’s funny, because the rolled one just gets up and continues on their quick trek to the chicken coop.

I didn’t know that animals could be so much fun. One doesn’t need a television set with a collection of farm animals. Just sit back and watch. Eventually they will have you rolling, laughing. Farm work is hard work, but it’s so rewarding to see nature at it’s best. Enjoy the pictures…