Friday, February 24, 2012

Excavating Project...

There's no end to the projects that need done around the farm.  This mild winter has allowed us to complete some, and get started on some others...

Jim over seeded the meadow  earlier in the week, we've been working on repairing some fencing, I've been brainstorming about how to keep my renegade chickens in their pen, we had snow guards put on the barn roof (and have had no snow to speak of!!), and we've finally been able to get some excavating work started.

We have several water ways on the farm...all part of a conservation plan intended to channel water to the correct spots and avoid excess erosion and run off.  The one waterway needed some work, but it's been challenging to get it done, because the ground hasn't been able to dry out.  We've just had too much moisture!  This week, they finally had a chance to get it started...

Wouldn't it be fun to push dirt around with this...

There were several dump truck loads of beautiful topsoil that they dumped along the other waterway.  Jim used some of it to fill in some ruts...

...and we used some of the rest of it to fill in some areas in the yard that need to be reseeded.  The rest of it...I'm hoping to put on my garden!  It could use some fresh soil worked in with all those decaying leaves before I begin planting in late April!

As for the excavating project...there's still more to do.  The bottom end of the waterway needs to be cleaned out, and we need to have some tiling done.  It's still too wet, however, so it could be a while until we can finish. Hopefully this spring won't be nearly as wet as last spring, and it will happen sooner rather than later!'s raining today...


  1. It's so nice to have all that work done. You are getting a good head start on the season. I hope that you'll have a great Spring with good growing weather. I hope the same for us. Last spring was so wet here too.
    Enjoy your weekend. JB

  2. Wow that is nice looking work. It is nice to have it done and ready for spring even though it looks like you have spring already Where is your snow?:)
    It is snowing here but it is supposed to rain tomorrow. Take care. B

  3. Feels great to get some things done doesnt it ! Cant wait till spring I want to get my hands dirty in my gardens ! Have a great day !

  4. You are so right, there is always something that needs to be done and if you ever do feel like you have everything finished, it's time to start all over again! I'm glad you guys are making headway on some of your projects. :)

  5. Hasn't this weather been something? Great that you can get some of these projects done early in the year. :)

  6. It seems like there's always something. For me it's been tiling and fencing. Looks like you guys got a good start on this project.

  7. busy, busy. sounds like here. with the weird weather we are able to get a jump start on projects we wouldnt be able to normally do this time of year. have a great weekend!

  8. I am glad that you blogged about this...I saw the happenings in your field the other day and was hoping you would clue us in. I hope the weather holds out for you to finish soon.

  9. Makes you all feel better to get that done! Makes me wish I had the dozer at my place : )


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