Our two evil geese have been imprisoned.
Frick and Frack have the world of fresh spring growth grass to nibble on but yet they decided last Thursday morning to eat out the tops of broccoli and Swiss chard that Jenifer and C.J. transplanted on Wednesday.
Jenifer built a 16-by-16-foot pen out of hog panels and corralled them into it. They should consider themselves lucky to be alive.
It is now so much more pleasant to go to the barn and not have to fend off the geese with a bamboo tomato stake.
I have extremely bad karma with powered equipment. I told Jenifer that I am about ready to switch to mules but they would probably step in a hole and break a leg.
I got a 1954 Farmall Cub that has run for decades until I bought it. It quit working a day and a half under my possession.
I got a BCS tiller with a 10 hp Italian diesel engine that is sitting idle. It just started blowing black smoke last fall and quit running.
I got the BCS from a dealer in Kentucky years ago and it worked fine until there were about 25 hours on the engine. I carried it to the closest service center in Pineville.
They said that the rings on the piston had been installed wrong at the factory so they replaced the rings, but that did not help. They finally replaced the entire engine.
I was at a Carolina Farm Steward Workshop a few years ago that featured walk-behind tillers put on by the guy I bought mine from. Someone asked him if there had been any problems with the diesel engines and he said he only knew of one case of failure in North America and then pointed to me – that’s the guy. I felt so special.
My current misadventure is a rotating tiller and bush hog.
I used the tiller for about 30 minutes before the 1-inch roller chain broke. Never seen a chain that large break.
Started going through the machine and all three bearings needed replacing.
Jenifer was able to find two of the bearings. The third seems to be unavailable. I forgot to mention that this is an Italian-made tiller.
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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