Six corner braces and one sweeping arc comprise our first – and the most complicated to place – dedicated pasture. Future expansion will be much easier, as we won’t be circumnavigating a pre-existing patch of woods that sits askew to everything else on the property.
The posts will get cut down to about 4′ which should easily accommodate pigs and sheep. It was just more economical in our case to buy longer posts locally than have shorter ones trucked to us. Line post holes are dug, and posts sit in them, listing every way but plumb. They’re next. All it takes is time.
Local horse ranchers hay our fields, and it’s about that time. Thanks to the Warners for keeping the place presentable! First cutting should be any day now (weather permitting), and that’ll make one appealing pasture for the ever nearing pigs (and some Timothy hay for their horses). We’re so appreciative for their help – we don’t have the mechanized or masticating means to keep the grass down yet, so without them, this place would be permanently out of hand.
It’s been a learning experience, and not just because of the hours it affords one to listen to history podcasts. If I had it to plan again, I’d still go about it in the same way, but I still lust after those ($tens-of-thousands) hydraulic post drivers. I’ve pulled out 30-pound rocks in the course of augering holes though, so I can’t say I have a convincing argument for thinking that would be any less painstaking work. Luckily, there is much satisfaction the hard-earned victories.
Another three corner post holes dug out after work today. On one hand, it would be nice to have more hours in the day, but on t’other, who knows how long the work could carry on without waning daylight as an excuse. Hopefully, switching to a smaller auger will quicken the pace when digging for line posts tomorrow. If anyone’s got tips for augering in rocky soil that isn’t sticktoitiveness, and costs less than the hydraulic post pounder we’re coveting, lay it on us please.
Committed to the layout for the first section of permanent high-tensile fencing. Big shift in planning moves the pigs out back instead of across the road. Watering, feeding, and keeping and eye on pigs gets a whole lot easier this way. Mowed a fence line, picked a corner, and fired up the auger. Got a couple rocks busted up with what-I-will-forever-incorrectly-call a spud bar, and resumed digging. The keyway shaft grub screw decided to back out on me and the auger fell right off the machine. Stupid, no good, low down, dirty, lack of proper planning! I need a helper – it’s getting old without someone else to lay the blame on! It’s after dinner anyway – I’m packed in ’til morning. There’s always time for work before the work day.
New dump wagon came, scaled right for conning / Tom Sawyering / strong-arming enlisting the kids in moving rocks and mulch. Also got new wheels for the soon-to-be-more-useful teeny trailer. The plan is to make a post-toting, portable net hauling, former lawn ornament out of it.
4 tons of stone delivered to the base of our driveway this morning and raked out by hand before breakfast. It’s a stop-gap, but we’re not sure what the permanent fix may be. A spring on the upper end of the driveway washes down and across the mouth of the drive, and erodes the earth around the culvert pipe into the ditch. A gap had developed to the degree that delivery trucks were struggling to keep from bottoming out, and we certainly couldn’t welcome guests and patrons with the drive in that condition.