Gentle persuasion over time

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by terkio » Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:24 am

My large, cherry tree stump made some progress.
The fire over it regularly fed with logs is a slow process, but what is done, is done. Now, there is some depth below ground level.

I will call it, good enough and let it rod underground.

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by JR. » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:32 am

The grass still hasn't grown back over one stump I burned out over a year ago.

I found that my long handle axe is good for finishing up degraded stumps, a good burn is almost as good as rot....

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by terkio » Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:09 am

I am missing right tools.
I must invest in a long handle axe.
I only have a small one, no good on that stump, it just bounces on it and that hurt my wrist.
I need a sledge hammer and wedges.
I need a big SDS drill for wood. I tried the ones I have for concrete, that is no good.
Then I will be set to deal with big stumps.

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by JR. » Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:44 am

I almost bought a maul ( cross between axe and sledge hammer) but I could tell from trying to lift it inside the store that it was too heavy for me (I'm old). The long handle axe was a very good investment.

Famous Lincoln quote... "give me 4 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first three sharpening my axe." (paraphrased because I'm too lazy to look it up for accuracy).

I have sharpened my axe a couple times and it does make a difference (the full force of the axe is focussed on a smaller knife edge cross sectional area). 8-)

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by terkio » Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:37 am

Indeed, sharpening and right steel is a must.

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by JR. » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:26 am

terkio wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:37 am
Indeed, sharpening and right steel is a must.
Steel affects how often you need to resharpen... I recall back in the 60s I had a pocket knife with a blade made from soft steel... it would get dull almost immediately after sharpening.

I used my long handle axe yesterday to set in 70 pecan tree fertilizer spikes. Whack a wedge shaped hole in the ground with the axe, then hammer in the fertilizer spike with the flat back of the axe...

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New plan for next years garden, I have decided that even cutting down the last two trees will not open up my far back yard, because so much shade is coming from neighboring trees. I still might cut down tree #2 because it is so ugly it needs cuttin...

New revised plan is to expand my raised bed garden with more beds.
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I found these 4'x4' plastic/composite raised beds that are not only termite resistant but cheaper... My original 2'x8' bed was clearly over planted. The tomatoes stole sun light from the peppers that finally came to life after the tomato plants died off. Still getting peppers for thanksgiving.

I purchased three of these 4x4 beds so I will have 4 times the area for plants next year. Doing some more planning for next year, I will keep the tomatoes, and peppers and whatever in separate beds. The tomatoes need the most room. Recommended spacing is 24", I can fit 10 plants with that spacing in the 2x8 bed, and only 9 plants in the 4x4, so 10 tomato plants will go in the old bed. Peppers can thrive with 1' spacing and carrots 3" so I will fill one 4x4 with peppers, leaving the other two 4x4 for squash, cucumbers, etc... I ordered some onion seeds so with try onions next year.

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