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Friday, February 27, 2015

Turning a molehill into a mountain

My lovely and gracious wife asked for a bale of straw to spread between her raised beds.

An hour later...
After tools were found, hoses were unplugged, forklifts were jump started, knuckles were scraped, the straw blower was in operation.

It would have taken five minutes with a pitchfork...


  1. If you are talking a small square bale, yet I'd go with the pitchfork. For a large round bale it might require mechanical intervention in the form of a straw blower. I'm actually going the other direction here. Used an antique hay knife to cut open a partially frozen round hay bale yesterday.

    1. The blower/chopper makes a nice fluffy mulch. It did a nice job but was not worth the amount of effort.

    2. You should start making some in your shop and sell them as the newest invention, Ralph. A lot of folks woldn't know any better! lol

  2. I like the idea of chopped straw. The voles made homes under the straw I spread last year. I kind of made a giant hamster home for them.


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