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Harvesting wheat with a weed eater

2011 wheat harvest with weed eater

The new Polycut attachment for the weed eater did a quick job of cutting down this year's wheat crop.

What worked well for us was me cutting a small section and stepping back while Anna gathered up the wheat.

Teamwork on a job like this helps to get it done quicker, and in my opinion adds a little bit of fun to the mix.

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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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When I researched home growing and harvesting of wheat, I came across a unique technique that you could try. If not this time, then maybe next time. She recommended pre-tying the wheat into bundles, then just hacking it off across the bottom. Maybe it would be more or less trouble, but it's worth a try, right?
Comment by Brandy Tue Jun 21 17:54:17 2011
That's a great idea! Somehow, the way Mark cut the wheat, he managed to leave it in hand-sized bundles anyway, but if he'd been less skilled, I can definitely see how that would have been useful.
Comment by anna Tue Jun 21 18:13:57 2011
you might be a red neck if.... haha just kidding, that's an awesome idea!
Comment by Phil Tue Jun 21 18:38:20 2011
Clearly, I need to add that to my permaculture redneck series. :-)
Comment by anna Tue Jun 21 18:57:49 2011

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