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Monday, April 14, 2008

Hard Freeze Center Buster

Last night we ran around, placing black trash bags over all our fruit trees that have already began to flower. We even hoped the fence and covered our good neighbor's trees as well. Looking out this morning, I can see the frost covering everything. I hope we were able to save them. Similar thing happened last year, and we lost all our peaches.

The tractor is now being used. We went down to our local farm store and purchased a center buster and a cultivator. And it was no sales tax day! We saved $27US on that. The center buster was put into use yesterday, today the cultivator, and tonight planting. The lowest that the temperature will get the rest of the week is in the 40's. So it won't be until next week when I need to worry about another hard freeze.

Soon, however, we will be worrying about hail and tornadoes.

8 comments:

Robbyn said...

Congratulations on getting the tractor up and going!!

Wren said...

We had a light frost last night too. I didn't cover my peaches, because, well, I forgot about it. Doesn't matter, the squirrels have plenty to eat without it. ;-)

You pay sales tax on farm things? In Texas, anything related to farming/ranching is tax exempt. You can even exempt dog food if you sign a form saying they are working dogs.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

How's that rim? Are you using it like it is ? or have you found a suitable replacement?

Donna said...

Thank goodness our fruit trees haven't bloomed yet. They're right on the verge, though. I don't think our alfalfa was damaged this year, either. It didn't get below freezing until 4 A.M. this morning, and by 8:30 it was back above freezing. So I imagine the ground held enough heat to prevent freezing.

Marina said...

Almost completely unrelated comment:

http://www.basicinstructions.net/

[of course, in a few days, this will be archived elsewhere]

alrescate said...

I'm hoping the frost didn't get everything this year.

I've heard you should use sheets instead of plastic...I really don't know why. I have some old sheets you could have if you want them though.

Phelan said...

Robbyn, my husband says thank you.

Wren, We do pay taxes of farm stuff. We don't have an ag number yet. Our homestead has to make $1,000 a year to get an ag number. There isn't too many benifits to having an ag number around here though, mainly just the no tax part.

Tim, oh did I not mentioned that? We went to a salvage yard and e had a brand new made in America rim for a very good price. Then we replaced the tube. The rubber is fine.

Donna, the cold moved through here early. Glad to hear you didn't suffer.

Marina HAHAHAHAHA! That's a good one.

Alrescate, plastic is a lot like a green house dome. If you get it on early enough, it will keep heat in. Sheets will keep the frost of of the flowers. Thank you for the offer, but I have more then needed. Next year when the trees are bigger, we will need to use sheets.

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