My Grain and Hay Gettin, Garden Cleaning Actifit Report: October 6 2019

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Finally got into town to pick up 4 barrels of grain yesterday morning. This is my setup for loading the barrels onto the trailer. I roll the barrels to the foot of the ramp and then slide them up onto the trailer. I used to load into my truck bed and it got to be obnoxious how hard it was. Now the trailer is so much lower and easier to load, it takes me just 10 minutes to unload empties, load up the full, strap them down, and be on my way home.

The grain got dumped in the animals' pen
so they could devour it. The grain is wonderful to augment the hay. It makes my bales last up to 4 weeks instead of 3.

Speaking of hay I got 3 more bales. This puts me at 8 bales on hand so I need just one more to make my goal and should have enough to make it till June as long as I can keep them all dry. Round bales are about the easiest for me to handle by myself. I am able to roll them into the pen, cage them off with fencing, and cover to protect from rain. This year I am using pallet covers to individually cover each bale, then covering with a tarp.

I spent nearly 2 hours in the garden working on cleaning out the dead plants. I got through all the 1000s of bean plants but still have tomato and some squash plants yet to pull. The plastic needs to be folded and irrigation rolled before the heavy freezes hit and stay. End of season seems so much harder than beginning. Maybe it's because everything is dying or preparing for winter rather than sprouting fresh growth.

Today I am going to keep at the garden cleanup, haul bark and wood to the yard, and work on cleaning the yard of more debris.

These actifit/dailies are working better for me to post most mornings since I am pretty well done by the time I would post at night. My mind pretty well stops and I find myself with little ambition to type and post. So thankfully we have the post prior day total option.

Daily Activity, Gardening, Shoveling, Walking, Weight Lifting, Yard Work

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Wow, a lot of grain! Where do you get the hay? From a buddy or what? I always post in the morning. I am the same at night I am done

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The brewing grain is from a smaller brewery in Spokane, though they are doing 10 bbl runs now so not really small. The hay is from a farmer about 12 miles to our west. I have been getting hay from him for 4 years now. My animals like his hay better than just about any other hay I buy from our area. That's why I am stocking up so much this year.

I am on farmer time so mornings are far better for me than nights.

For me it's because I am sick to death of being enslaved to my property and am looking forward to its all being done. But of course it never is. In Spring I am eager to begin, in Fall eager for it to end.
Nice write up of your day.

YES!!!! Totally feel that. There is always the looking forward to the next steps and the next season. Winter here is rough so that most of the yard work HAS to be done before the freezes and snows, which makes Fall the real rush.

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It rained here every day for most of last week, so I wasn't able to get any more done in my garden. It's definitely cleanup time now.
How long does it take your critters to eat all that grain?

You have gotten our storms. My wife's family is in ND and the storms that hit us hit them about 2 days later, so you are another day past that.

My sheep and alpaca usually get through four 50 gallon drums of wet spent grain in about a week to 2 weeks. It depends mostly on the weather. If they are wandering their pen they eat less than when they are huddled around the bale.

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