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Log landing

Goat log landing

We cut at least twice as many tulip-trees last summer as we needed for 2015-2016 firewood. The trees are so tall that it just made sense to fell all the ones we wanted down while we had the pasture fences out of the way.

Now we're getting ready to put those fences back up so Artemesia will have a completely worm-free pasture for the weeks immediately following kidding. That means cutting those huge logs into manageable sections and hauling them up the hill to the logging road turned log landing. Once there, we can take our time turning the trunks into firewood and hauling the wood home since we learned last year that five months of seasoning is sufficient for this relatively soft wood.

Goat eating multiflora rose

I took advantage of the canopy-free zone last fall to seed a much larger area than we can currently afford to fence with orchardgrass and clover. Maybe by the time I come up with another round of fencing money, the goat-friendly forage will be tall and luxurious?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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