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scooterhead    Posted 09-28-2001 at 04:36:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are looking at Oct. , Winter is around the corner . Whats everybody doin to get ready for the winter months ??


Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 10-01-2001 at 11:13:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Chiming in a little late, as usual. I don't have web access on the weekends(too cheap to buy my own computer).

Things are a little different here in the Deep South. We don't have a lot to do to prepare for cold weather, just shifting gears for a different season.

I've been preparing for my fall garden...planting turnips, mustards, collards, broccoli, rutebaga, beets, and onions. I covered part of my garden with black plastic 2 months ago, to try and beat back the Dallis Grass. I'm planting on that part now, but I won't know how effective it was till spring.

I'm also preparing to harvest pecans by mowing very close around my trees. The little harvester I have doesn't work well unless the grass is less than 1 inch. The husks are already starting to open on some of my trees. I'm hoping than an early drop will not have a negative effect on quality in what looks like a good crop.


magpie    Posted 09-29-2001 at 06:57:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got to cut wood, just have a wood cook stove in the kitchen so dosen't use too much. Got some insulating to do, also that dreaded drywalling. I don't even take off the winter tires on the car so don't have to do that. Just put a steer in the freezer. So no reason to go look for a moose but think I will anyway. Dont hunt that much anymore, but like to get out a little. I enjoy the feeling I get in the fall of having wood in the pile, hay in the barn, meat in the freezer, and taters in the celler.


Kansas Kid    Posted 09-28-2001 at 19:23:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just bought a new Lennox central heat and air conditioner finish putting that in, clean the wood stove pipe and put new gasket in the doors. Check anti-freeze in vehicles and WD Allis, got the garden all plowed, finish painting house and putting the storm window back on, get the riffle out and clean it up for dear season dont have to check it to see if it is still shooting good cause I took that junk Tasco scope off and got a Leupold. Start trapping a few coons and have my preacher bring his pups out and start training them. Cut some trees out of fence rows and clean up old fence and get ready for new. Cant wait for some of that white stuff on the ground, like to put on insulated boots and walk around looking for rabbits and quail.


Randy    Posted 09-28-2001 at 18:07:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Folks: Changed out the motor and tranny oils in the old MF35 before they get too funky, changed plugs and wires, revamped wiring with new switches and added fuses to the system,(it didn't have any and I wouldn't want an electrical fire due to some fault),getting out the rear scraper blade cause I do driveways in a subdivision for payola. My wife(a former farmer's daughter) won't even touch the tractor cause it's not an Interntional or JD, so I get to plow all the snow. Gotta pick the rest of our best tomatoes ever, put the garden to bed, lay some paving stones in a small area near our front door, paint a few windows, fill a sink hole in the front yard for the umpteenth time, I'm looking for a better fix actually, and fix my patio slab that has cracked and sunk 5 inches at the house end. Should I break it up and replace it , or get it leveled out by a company that claims they can do that? Any thoughts? And then take the wife on a little getaway to the north country(Georgian Bay area of Ontario, Canada. It's going to be a busy fall. Oh, yaa, can't forget about winterizing the car, truck, and mower, weedeater, generator. And then is the ongoing restoration and rodding of my 47 Mercury pickup.


Ole Cuss    Posted 09-28-2001 at 15:25:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

We are getting ready for fall planting next week (barley and winter wheat). We've already put down fertilizer and overseeded the pastures and hayfields. The potatoes are all harvested and the beds will get turned and bedded down under straw and compost. The gate hinges and gate locks will get oiled; the lawnmowers will get oil changed, decks cleaned, and run out of gas before storage; all the field implements will be cleaned and looked over, with repairs to be done over winter; antifreeze will get checked in all the tractors and vehicles; the furnace gets tuned and the heating fuel level checked; the emergency generators will get looked over; before Thanksgiving, the snow blades and grader blades will get looked over and mounted on one of the CA's and the D-10; will stock up on feed (I like to keep 2-3 weeks worth of bagged feed on hand in winter); store a few bags of Ice Melt (I don't use it, but I have elderly neighbors who never have it on hand when the storms hit and can't afford to take a spill on the ice); check the pantry stock of canned goods, nonperishables, and batteries.


The Red    Posted 09-28-2001 at 12:03:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Next time I am at the farm, I will install the storm glass in the screen doors. Set the furnace at 50 and the farmhouse is buttoned up for the winter. I've got two months of running beans and shelling corn ahead. Should be a bountiful year in Eastern Indiana.



Les...fortunate    Posted 09-28-2001 at 11:03:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Big project right now is building a 20 x 30 pole barn/woodshed. We have a Central Boiler outdoor wood burner that heats both my house and my son's and provides him with hot water, too. It uses at least 15 or 20 cords of wood a year.


BOSS    Posted 09-29-2001 at 05:31:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, I've just purchased a Central Boiler, Are you happy with yours?? Do you have any pros and cons for the thing ?? I'll be heating a 2 story 5200 sq. ft. house with mine. They are just getting popular here. previous years the heating company sold about 5 or 6 a year, this year they are selling 5 or 6 a week. Any comments about it would be appriciated. thanks.


Les    Posted 09-29-2001 at 17:07:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah, I've had a few problems. We got the CL40 because we're heating two places. No problem there. First problem was with the dealer. Couldn't believe anything he said and he really doesn't know his product very well. He's more into gas and Monitor type heaters.
The unit is at least 200' from both of our houses and sits lower in elevation. That means that the circulators have to be on the unit. I'd much rather that they were in the cellar. Also, 200' is a lot of trench, pipe, insulation, etc., and more chance for heat loss. Keep the unit at the same elevation as the house if not slightly higher. And not too far away. Don't know where you live, but our water is very hard and acid. Takes a lot of chemicals to get the right pH.
In the spring when the ground is thawing and water is running everywhere, the meltwater somehow gets into the trench where the pipe is and steals all the heat out of it. Not sure what, if anything, I'm going to be able to do about that. At least that is a warmer time of the year so we're not freezing to death.
I poured a 6" cement slab and the first winter, the frost heaved it so it's not level anymore. Not sure what, if anything I'm going to do about that either. Make sure yours is well built.
If I had to buy wood, I'm afraid it wouldn't have been such a good deal but for us it's basically free. And no Arabs are getting any oil money from me. My son heats his water off the boiler while I have gas. Hopefully another year he'll get a gas water heater so we can shut it down in the summer.
Sorry for the ramblin but you didn't leave your email address. Les


Murphy    Posted 09-28-2001 at 10:05:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Putting in the woodstove in the basement. A feller's coming out to the house today to put a 10 inch hole in the concrete wall. How anyone can build out in the country and not have wood heat is a mystery to me. Why we bought the place that way is a mystery as well. So this fall's festivities include putting the stove in, cutting the wood for it, getting the governor replaced on my tractor, putting the garden to bed, butchering the rest of my roosters, canning and freezing the late veggies, reseeding the yards... etc., etc., etc. I don't think I'll be done with all of this until next fall!


Fawteen    Posted 09-28-2001 at 08:59:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just packed this year's lambs off to market this morning.

Put the garden to bed, stowed all the irrigation stuff.

Spread last year's compost on the pastures.

Servicing and storing all the summer toys (Lawn tractor and mower, weed whackers, etc)

Getting out and checking the snowblower.

Checked the chimney for the wood stove.

Moving the water trough to winter quarters, rigging up tank heaters.

Broke out the .308 and wiped it down, gonna try to make time to go to Deer Camp for a couple of days this year.

Onliest thing left to do is put the lights and the belt on the pump on the plow truck. Traditionally, I don't do that until I have to lay in a foot of snow to do it. Don't want to create any bad karma by being TOO prepared...


Mudcat49    Posted 09-28-2001 at 06:03:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saying goodbye to hot humid weather and saying hello to cool dry weather!!! Waiting for the yearly invasion of the snowbirds!!!!! Ya'll come on down!!!BUT BRING MONEY AND PLENTY OF IT!!!!!


Old Warrior    Posted 09-28-2001 at 05:49:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anti-freezed everything, including the plbg traps at the cabin. Rolled up the garden hoses, drained the lake pump that feeds the lawn & garden. Did the "last" mowing. Added 2 steel roofs this summer.

Practically everything's fair game right now but i haven't gotten out -- too busy.

Got the culvert & access in, so next we'll whack down some popple trees to start clearing another shooting lane for Nov deer season. (We got all out deer from stands last Fall.) I'm gonna be one of those tree-stand guys with a heater this year. If my knees agree..... :)


Jim (Mi)    Posted 09-28-2001 at 05:18:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Waxing the skies. Brushing up at skeet range for Duck Hunting. And getting ready to put loader on WD.


Bkeepr    Posted 09-28-2001 at 05:17:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wife and I have been canning like crazy folks...tomatoes, peaches, potatoes, and applesauce.

Will harvest honey this weekend and get the bees ready for winter.

Doing some stonework on barn foundation and walls, lubing and putting equipment up for the long winter's nap. Will plow the garden in a couple of weeks, once I fnally get the last of the stuff in--kale, brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, potatoes yet to bring in.


Redbelly1    Posted 09-28-2001 at 05:06:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mrs Redbelly's been cannin and freezin veggies. Had tons of Tomatoes and Peppers this year. Also did good with Sweet and Irish Potatoes.

I've been plowin and plantin Winter Rye. Also planted Mustard and Turnip patch for fresh greens.

Also sited rifle in for Deer season. (opens Oct. around here)

We're about to have two more litters of wild pigs and been gettin the pens ready for that.


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