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Shoveling manure

Hauling manure for the garden

We gathered another load of manure Tuesday afternoon.  Last winter at this time, our pickup truck was working and we hauled manure in the truck and on a trailer behind the truck. 
I shovelled a lot of that manure four times --- into the pickup, out of the pickup into a heap on the ground, into a wheelbarrow, and then from barrow to bed.  Phew!

This year, without a pickup truck, we're instead shovelling manure into five gallon buckets.  Given our ultra-fuel-efficient car and the one mile drive from farm to farm (8 cents per round trip), this method actually seems to work better.  We only shovel the manure once, into the buckets.  After that, we can lift the buckets into the golf cart, and then pour them individually onto our garden beds. 

But an even better way is on the horizon --- we ran into another neighbor who told us that if we help him shovel out his barn he'll drive a whole flatbed dump truck load to our garden.  If Mark had a more envious disposition, he would have been jealous at the lust which leapt into my eyes....

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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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