Deer are a pretty big issue on my Wisconsin farm, so when I started a new orchard, I knew I’d need to protect the 10 young trees I planted. Here’s the fence I chose.
If your orchard is not near a hose or irrigation system, an inexpensive, gravity-fed leg tank on a wagon gets the trees the water they need.
Replacing mechanized equipment with these human-powered tools reduces your fossil-fuel use and lets you tread more carefully on your land.
Keeping an organized collection of general spare parts such as nuts, bolts and washers can save you time and trips to the hardware store.
For some tasks, such as heavy mowing or plowing, full throttle is necessary, but for many others, less throttle saves fuel and also creates less noise.
It depends. Consider how you’ll use them to transport water on your farm, and you might end up purchasing both types. The differences can be significant.
Do you have the right stuff? Agriculture expert Carol Ekarius shares her list of essential tools and equipment that every hobby farm should have.