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How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

Summer yard work and gardening are great ways to spruce up your home, grow your own food, and spend time outdoors. The trouble is, while gardening or working in the yard, we usually work in bent over, unusual positions for prolonged periods of time and can wind up with back, neck, and shoulder pain when we are done. Dr. MacArthur and Dr. McNally of Portland Chiropractic Neurology offer these tips to help keep your body safe before planting and pulling weeds:

  • Stretch your muscles.

My Antique Gravely Tractor!

Most of you know how much I admire my Gravely two-wheel tractor.  Recently I acquired an antique version of the same thing.  It is called a "Model-Li" and it was manufactured in 1960 so it is 51 years old!  I am in the process of restoring it so I thought I'd share.  The cool thing is that it will hook up to all the implements I already own since they are backward compatible.  That means it will be a good back up should I ever need it.  I plan to set it up with a 5 tine cultivator to scrape up weeds between corn rows.  That's what the Gravely was always very good at, cultivating (weeding) between crop rows.  There will be more video later!

Chick Sitting!

I have a friend that is into hobby farming like me.  He just got 8 Rhode Island Red chicks only he really wanted to go on a vacation with his family.  So I volunteered to "Chick-Sit!"  They are very cute as you can see and so we are in "chick-bliss" again! 

Tackle those tall weeds... with a GRAVELY!

I had an area behind my house that was overgrown pretty bad.  It had lots of thistle so I was a little leary of ever going in there with anything other than a good size piece of equipment!  It was the perfect job for my beloved tractor with the sickle bar attachment.  A sickle bar mower is like a hedge trimmer on steroids!  It has stationary teeth and then a set of reciprocating teeth.  The opening between each tooth is about one inch and just about anything you can fit between the teeth will be cut.  It worked pretty well but as you can see in the video quite a bit of material was being dragged along on top of the sickle bar.  It could have been because it was a bit wet or maybe the teeth need sharpening.  Anyway in the end it did the job and I was happy with the result!

Strawberry Season is upon us!

The strawberry season is here in all it's glory!  This will be a good year for strawberries according to farmers.   Even though it has been a little wet for the rest of us the conditions have been just right for a bumper crop so get out to your local farm and pick them up while they last.  It will only be about three weeks before they are all gone!  We like to make strawberry jam and we can make enough jars in this season to last us all year!  We made 48 jars in one sitting!  Phew!  It's well worth it!  We will also freeze a few quarts so we can bring back the taste of summer on those long winter nights! 

Grange Craft Fair and Yard Sale July 16

On Saturday July 16 Sabbathday Lake Grange in New Gloucester will be holding an indoor yard sale & craft from 8am to 2pm.  We are looking for anyone interested in renting a table at these sales.  The cost is $10.00 for a six foot table.  Our hall is located at 370 Sabbathday Road and is handicap accessible  If interested please e-mail Steven at Granger04071@aol.com or call Norma at 998-2586 by July 14.

Tomato Cages made from reinforcement wire!

Free standing tomato cages go for anywhere from $6-10 depending on the kind of product you get.  We found a great money saving tip in an organic gardening magazine about how to make tomato cages out of concrete reinforcement wire.  This is not reinforcement bar or re-bar but  thinner guage wire mesh with large openings.  The openings make it easy to get at the fruit and yet still provide enough support for the plant.  This wire mesh sometimes comes on a roll but I found it at Lowes in a "sheet" that measured 4'x7'.  This allowed me to make two cages out of one sheet by cutting the sheet on it's short side.   Once cut stand them up on their ends and curl into a cylinder.