Julie Reed

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Once again I find myself startled and pleased by the diversity of threads on permies! And reminded that I still need to affix his starchiness to my vehicle.
1 month ago
Glad you didn’t lose the house! Smoke damage sucks though, hard to remediate. You could probably find that manual online as a pdf? I know the gehl manual said bypass was only allowed 3 times before it would run the cycle regardless. I didn’t mind the idea of higher rpm, but it was the thought of it kicking in during a delicate operation that concerned me. When you’re extended 50’ in the air with a pallet weighing over a ton, and trying to move that load an inch at a time, a steady rpm, regardless of what that rpm is, makes things easier! I’m guessing sooner or later they will all go to def like vehicles have.
1 month ago
Eric, does your re-gen have a bypass button? I ran a gehl all terrain forklift about 5 years ago to help out someone who had rented it but wasn’t comfortable operating, and it had the re-gen but you could bypass with a switch. That was nice, because when you’re trying to feather hydraulics or crawl a few inches in gear, you don’t want an rpm surge! I’m not sure how long the bypass would delay purging, but it was at least handy in the moment, so you could complete an immediate task and then park it and let it cook off later.
1 month ago
Zachary- definitely find dealers who have a ‘back lot’ where you can actually try the tractor out, digging, lifting, whatever things you need to do with the tractor at home. It’s easy to get so excited about having a new tractor that you overlook things like the ergonomics of controls or other aspects. If a dealer won’t let you try out the machine, take your $30k+ elsewhere.
1 month ago
A backhoe attachment on a tractor is not quite as good as a backhoe itself. But, I’ve rented that size tractor with the hoe attachment and it worked great. An option might be watching Craigslist and other online ads, as well as estate sales and auctions. You can sometimes find a Woods or other brand that will fit for a few thousand dollars. Once you dig with a backhoe you get spoiled quick!
1 month ago
Congratulations Tyler! A new tractor is always exciting stuff. Sounds like you’ve got a well thought out list of specs. For a small tractor, that’s still a very capable machine. You can do a lot with smaller equipment, just ‘one bite at a time’ style. One thing you mentioned was cutting into hillsides. Not sure exactly what you have in mind, but rippers might be able to help you do that, although having the tooth bar on the bucket would probably be adequate. Depending on the soil type and angle of the land, there may be no good substitute for either a backhoe or excavator to do that. Maybe add the backhoe attachment to your wish list? 🤫
1 month ago
I’m going to add a vote for the practicality of a yurt, even though I don’t particularly like them. Quick to erect, most effective use of space for square footage needed, easier to heat- with a woodstove in the middle radiating in all directions, feels roomier than it really is (helping you all to not kill each other in darkest winter), generally very easy to re-sell (as well as relocate on the property for a future guest house/air b&b/older kids new home). The cons would be- harder to insulate well, harder to create privacy for everyone, and they tend to have less airflow which can lead to mold/mildew problems.
Second choice would be to build a barn, or shop, since you’re going to need one anyway. The biggest hurdle there is deciding on location. But it’s still fairly quick to frame up and dry in, and then you can work on the rest regardless of weather.
I think mobile homes are possibly the worst choice. Yeah, it’s quick and maybe cheap, but even the best ones are poorly constructed with lesser quality plumbing and electrical. As someone else mentioned, the shape is inefficient to heat, and they lose value quickly; something you don’t need to worry about with a yurt or shop.
I hope you’ll keep posting here with updates! This is an exciting challenge in several ways, and what looks like a nice property for homesteading/permaculture.
In many places it’s illegal to sell potatoes for planting that are not certified. When buying seed potatoes, most farmers feel it's important to get certified disease-free ones. These have been tested for defects and given the government's (ag dept) stamp of approval. The main reason why these potatoes are encouraged is that they reduce the risk of crop and soil damage. You can (and I have) grow potatoes you buy in the store. But many of those are treated with sprout inhibitors and won’t grow. My feeling is, if I buy local organic potatoes, they were already grown from certified stock, and so likely they are disease free and can be planted.
1 month ago

r ranson wrote: I also looked into selling my own seeds and I discovered that there are some freaky-weird legislation and licencing requirements where I live.

This is something I’ve just learned recently; that many varieties of plants are patented. So you can’t just willy-nilly sell seeds or cuttings or sometimes even actual plants/trees if they are protected by someone else’s license. I find it simpler and equally profitable to buy seeds (or rooted cuttings), grow plants (trees), and sell them at swap meets at the local feed store. Perfectly legal!
1 month ago