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using battery powered chainsaw to cut down peach tree

We decided to give up on our peach trees.

Making room for something more reliable.

Got most of the tree cut up with the awesome Oregon battery powered chainsaw. I monitor the battery level and try not to take it down past 25% which is usually when I'm ready for a break anyway.

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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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Sorry! That was such a pretty spot, esp. from the kitchen window.

Maybe it was too exposed to an updraft there, tho. Actually, I wonder how a holly tree or other evergreen might do there? Or just leave it open for awhile, and take time to decide.

Comment by adrianne Tue Apr 21 18:22:27 2015
Mom --- I know, I loved her too! But there's a lot of potential to use that prime spot now. I'll probably kill mulch and grow some cover crops there this year, and think about future plantings.
Comment by anna Tue Apr 21 19:18:44 2015

I have been watching your fermented compost experiment. I was wondering what you did with your kitchen scraps before. And your advice, I normally let the chickens have at the compost pile with all the kitchen scraps. I have ample supply to carbon- saved dead leaves and newspaper, nitrogen from green grass clippings, but not so much fertilizer-manure. Would you save the kitchen scraps for the compost ability or let the chickens have at it?

Comment by Kathleen Tue Apr 21 21:28:44 2015

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