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What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:25 am

March 8 -- 10" of snow overnight. Lots of snow piled up from the winterstorms. Back by the trellis post all the way to the last shove...snow. I make a point of it to go at the snow bank whenever the temperatures rises and the snow will stick together when pushed. That way I can get the pile higher and leave a few feet of room for the next snowstorm.
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Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:36 am

Dick,
Snowfall totals all over the block. You have the right idea.
Need to get out and play around myself. I think we have around 14" here in southwestern Stafford, CT.

From a local weather service;
As of 10 a.m. more than 17 inches of snow had fallen in Staffordville in northern Tolland County. About 15 inches had fallen in Tolland and a foot in Glastonbury. Manchester had 14 inches and Marlborough 13inches. By contrast, only four inches fell in East Hartford and 6.5 in Enfield. West Hartford has 5.5 inches. Wethersfield had seven.

Peter

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:12 am

I have a foot now, the radio news says its only 1-3", the weathermen are right on the ball like normal
Tim

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:23 am

4 inches of heavy, wet snow here. Still coming down. 32 degrees. (11:20am). I'm hibernating! After 40+ years of being "essential personnel", I'm enjoying the non essential life! Ed

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:58 pm

Wow. Here in Rochester NY people are already starting to wear flip-flops.

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:18 pm

No snow here, headed into the fifties for the week end. 42ยบ and sunny in the barnyard right now.

ScottyD'sdad wrote:After 40+ years of being "essential personnel", I'm enjoying the non essential life! Ed

Me too. It seemed like everytime our building was closed due to weather or budget cuts, I had to be there. Now I am where ever I wanna be

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:52 pm

Way too warm here for any accumulation.... guess I should have taken the chains and snow plow off the Cub if I wanted to plow?? But too early to think about mowing or dirt plowing, so I just left it. :roll:

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:33 pm

Buzzard Wing wrote:Way too warm here for any accumulation.... guess I should have taken the chains and snow plow off the Cub if I wanted to plow?? But too early to think about mowing or dirt plowing, so I just left it. :roll:


No it's not. I am plowing under the sustainablity garden at UMass as soon as the snow melts and the ground dries out. Crazy kids are planting their cool weather crops April 6th! Right around the corner... :) They have a huge group of students who spend their Saturdays clearing trails, gardening and helping out the grounds crews. The campus is a short trek up a back road, so I can drive the tractor up the road and go on campus through a fire road. The Cub will come in very handy helping out. Plowing, harrowing, making raised beds, hauling out debris from Winter Storm Nemo which wrecked havoc with the trees. :) :)

If anyone else would like to get some seat time in helping out they would be more than welcome....some great trails ideal for some seat time on a Cub,too!

Some nice scenery up in the Bershires there Dick :)

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:54 pm

I leave my chains on year round. Found out it works best for me that way--usually out in the field or in the woods hauling out trees and never ever on paved roads...well not usually. I like the traction.

How do you make raise beds with your Cub? I could not do it, so would like to know.

We will start seeds soon, even with the snow, in the greenhouse. Little greenhouse is part of the barn and it is all pure havoc in the barn. A mink gnawed around the summer trap door to the chicken coop and got in -- feathers everywhere. But I got the mink the next night. Trap now set with feathers on it right next to the Cub just in case there's more than one. Ordering chicks now, and buying eggs.

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:21 pm

Uggh....sorry to hear about your chickens. I had a fox lay down some havoc here. I found lost 20 chickens the first day. Heads chewed off and laying about waiting for him to retrieve the bodies. 2nd day more dead, but I pulled in the driveway as he was trotting off with one. I got my dog and followed him into the woods...followed his tracks in the snow. Never saw him again...probably didn't like having a Bull Terrier on his tail.

Hope you got a good mink pelt at least.

Am gonna attempt making raised beds with the hillers. Seen it done, will give it a shot.

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:18 pm

Final total for us is 20". Staffordville, about 7 miles northeast of us got 23", tops in the state.
Heavy sticky snow, very greasy.
Cub did OK, but I need to modify the chains so they stay on top of the lugs.

This was my truck at about 10am this morning;
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Peter

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:35 pm

Dick:

DickB wrote:How do you make raise beds with your Cub? I could not do it, so would like to know.


There are a number of ways to make raised beds or hills as they are called here. We use them for all of our truck gardening. Larger farms don't as it can be labour intensive ... so drill seeders and such are used instead.

Here is a thread discussing hilling. I am trying to find other posts that show how we do it here. ??? about using the Cub for gardening

7. Next make your rows. In a small truck garden most veggies like being in rows/hills. Normally what we do is to drive the Cub starting at the side of the garden down the row to be. The next pass you align the right hand tire (as viewed from the seat) with the track already made. Each succeeding row is done the same. After you garden has been laid out, we then manually fertilize each track. This is where our hills go. We then hill up the rows. After this, we make a small trench in each hill and this is where we plant. We then re-hill. As you can see by the Hiller presentation, hilling is good for potatoes and other root crops. It also benefits beans, peas, tomatoes, pumpkin, squash, oh just about everything. The best part about hilling is that it makes it much easier to side dress as well as fertilize in the row for bringing up on the hills as you cultivate.


Hilling is done with a horse hoe ... which is what locals call a horse drawn set of moldboards. Normally that is what we use, and still do. But I had a bee in my bonnet at one point and decided that I wanted to build a hiller to pull behind Ellie. So I did - Rudi's Hiller Project. This particular permutation didn't live up to my expectations, but it did solve a lot of issues for me. I now know what to do and I will be redoing this project over the next while or so.


The Cub-144 Cultivator has both moldboard and disk hillers which will accomplish this task nicely. I prefer the moldboards to the disk hillers though. Cub-144 Cultivator 11-30-50

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Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:23 am

Rudi, Thanks for info. I was seeking a wide (36" or more) raised bed and that's what I'd never figured out how to do with the Cub. Don't know if hillers would do something so wide. As is, I use a walk-behind rototiller to make beds. Don't think the hillers or whatever would do it. Do you?

Re: What a Cab cn do, and do, and do....

Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:27 am

Dick:

I don't know. I have never seen 3 foot wide raised beds/hills in a garden anywhere except in my wife's flower garden. Those I did with a shovel and a rake plus my ride on with a trailer.
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