Spring Planting and Mowing at the Urban Ranch

| 5/6/2010 1:24:51 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveI am glad to see you back. It’s been a busy week again. Grab that infamous cup of coffee, sit back and relax for a spell, and let me tell you about what’s been happening on the urban ranch this week.

I love to help other people in between the home projects. So I helped to move a 100 year old upright heavy piano, and, of course, there were steps involved with the move. Then one night I had the pleasure of helping to assemble a propane grill. The grand reward was the delightful steak cooked to perfection from the initial lighting of the grill. Folks, I literally work for food or a good cup of coffee.

There’s a difference between a true rural ranch and an urban ranch. Of course there is the limitation of animals on the urban ranch, and then there’s anything that’s done on the urban ranch, it has to look pretty to keep the neighbors calm. So, I haven’t totally gone green, but I’m trying as much as I can. Lawns are a big thing with urban ranching. Keeping them manicured can be a taxing thing. The weekly cutting does provide green for the compost pile.

Dave mowing the lawn

Here’s a good shot of Old Chomper my cantankerous old Craftsman lawn mower. No one really knows how old he is. He was given to me for doing some gutter cleaning. He’s a bit crabby but has been a faithful lawn mower. It won’t be too long before he will be requiring some replacement parts. Every year the wheels get a little more wobbly. This could be the year of surgical replacement of the wheel joints. I can’t complain though as my joints are acting up and some day will probably need replacing. Anyone notice anything different in the backyard?

Chomper the lawn mower

Muck Boot Diva
7/27/2011 1:31:55 PM

N. Dave, Send me info on your 400 Gal Rain Water Tank -- I am VERY VERY interested for our garden. The animals we will make shift a solar pump to use in the ponds (we have 2 -- very far away from the garden). My email is muckbootdiva@gmail.com Just put in subject like Nebraska Dave -- I get loads of emails. Thanks. MBD

Nebraska Dave
5/11/2010 8:57:21 PM

Drew, you are so funny. If I was closer, I’d weld that windmill for ya. I just have a small light utility welder but it does what I want it to. His name is Sparky. I tried to use him on my water tank to mend the leaking seam and found that rust doesn’t weld at all. It just blew a hole through the rust. So now I will have to patch the hole. I used a hammer and tapped the metal to see how far the rust went back under galvanizing and now have a hole about twice the size of a golf ball. I expect that I’ll have to get some metal and pop rivet it to the tank over the entire seam and then weld the patch all around the outside of the patch. I’ve found that every project always runs into a snag some where along the line. I just expect it and always try to have a plan “B”. Some times I don’t come up with plan “B” until I need it. Today I hauled in a load of compost from our city yard waste recycle center. The city contracts a company to pickup the yard waste, compost it, and sell it to the public. It is so rich and black with just a hint of barn yard scent. I’m not sure how that gets in there, but it should really make those tomatoes grow. I hauled home a cubic yard of the stuff and filled up my newly created raised beds with eight inches of the stuff. I dumped it on top of the ground up leaves from last fall.

5/10/2010 8:16:49 PM

I kind of wish a few of us could live together in the same urban pasture. We could rip the fences down and turn our lawns to food. It would be great. BTW - I love your windmill. We have an old one that needs some welding to the legs but I don't know how to weld, don't have a spot welder, and don't even have a friend with such qualities. I guess I could try duct tape. hahahahaha!

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