Saturday, May 20, 2017

The new/old (1970s) Little orange tractor

We had a big John Deere tractor and it was too big for our land, so we bought this little B600E Kubota on Craigs list ($2,500.00)and not knowing enough about tractors, even after doing extensive research, we realized this one had been cannibalized!
But it turns out that there were reasons for the change in equipment  , we are in the process of changing all the fluids (engine oil,transmission,crank case) so we know a starting point, and changing out the air filter and the two inline diesel filters.That alone cost about $200.00.

We wanted a Garden tractor because of the uneven terrain that would not be kind to a finish mower. Here is the 4 foot wide shredder, perfect for what we need.

This is where an oil bath air filter is suppose to be. I found the original equipment in a old tractor parts place out of Minnesota for $200.00 . After doing some research on them I discovered they are very messy, the oil has to be changed every use and for $200.00 we could find something better. I did find out that Kubota changed the air filter after this model, it was the only model to have used the oil bath system.

The other part the previous owners did was to change the fuel filter to an in line filter. You can see that originally it had a apparatus that unscrewed so you could wash the filter and return it to this place. It also had the shutoff valves as well.
We will just use standard inline filters and crimp the hose (which it turns out need to be replaced) when we change the filters.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Before and after, side shot of my office.

Before and after: the front shot of my office.

Before and after of in front of the main house.

The meadow.

On the way to the greenhouse.

East of the greenhouse.

East of the garden

The machine in action!!!!

The hand work of the trees close to the buildings.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May Garden before the Tree work

 May is when everything is at its peak, the onions (planted the end of January) are a pretty good size , the artichokes are getting bigger and we finished off the broccoli already.

This row of asparagus died off last year so I planted a new crop the middle of March and it is really taking off along with the volunteer Zinnas.

Under one of the domes grows the collard greens hiding the other chards .

Rosemary in full bloom!

The squash is doing great this year due to the warm spring and no late frosts.

The peppers are slow this year, maybe the cool nights????

 Tomatoes are off to a great start as well , none yet, too cool I guess?

Best year for beets and carrots, The dome idea really works so far, they are starting to get a little eaten though.

An incredible year for blueberries , I was worried I pruned too severely and so late.

Another view of the tomato  / pepper cage. In May