I had great fun looking at hundreds of old tools during a rare, “just for fun” shopping trip to a quirky store in a nearby town, but I left them all there.
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.
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.
An orchard full of mature apple trees is quite pleasant, but low-hanging branches can complicate or prevent mowing. A little pruning can make a big difference.