Rockhounding

We have a LOT of dirt.  And that dirt contains an awful lot of rocks.

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Now that we’ve gotten the big stuff out, it’s time to prepare the soil for its final destiny as pasture, garden, and backyard lawn.  We had to hand-pick everything larger than a softball, and all pieces of wood longer than 6-8″.

There’s too much to rake by hand, so we are using a skidsteer and a rockhound to get the rocks out of the top 2-4” of soil.

Here’s where the garden is going to go.

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First pass with the rockhound.

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I never got comfortable driving Barney, but the controls on the skidsteer just ‘clicked’ for me.  I logged about 13 hours on this beast over the weekend.

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Here’s the windrow of detritus the hound picked up.

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This is what the dirt looked like after two passes.

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We’ll do a few more passes, and then we’ll be ready to seed!

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About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.
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