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Hay Making 2014 – nearing the end and welcoming new residents

The last of Cae Mari Jones has been cut. Some of the patches that had a lot of Knapweed in have been used to mulch various areas of perennial plants. We have also made a couple more racks, managing to wilt the hay sufficiently between the showers. The patch of grass to the right has now been cut and this rack is in the barn … Continue reading Hay Making 2014 – nearing the end and welcoming new residents »

Hay Making 2014 – After a course

On Wednesday 9th July we ran another full Introductory Scythe Course. It is always interesting to learn about where our course participants have come from and what they intend to use the scythe for. This time it included controlling bracken and brambles, maintaining a permaculture garden and a plan to grow and mow wheat which will be used for sourdough bread making. Practising the scything … Continue reading Hay Making 2014 – After a course »

Hay Making 2014 – Making hay when the weather breaks

On Wednesday (25th June), Philip and two volunteers cut a section of hay knowing that the dry weather was unlikely to last long enough to fully cure the hay. This is the situation when we use hay racks. Racks can be built with hay that it not dry enough to stack in the barn. The design gives sufficient airflow through the hay to allow it … Continue reading Hay Making 2014 – Making hay when the weather breaks »

Hay Making 2014 – Mackerel Sky

“Mackerel Sky, Mackerel Sky, Never long wet, Never long dry. The weather is changing so it is time to bring in the last of the hay that is ready…. Bringing in the last of the hay at 8pm this evening …..or put hay that needs longer to cure up onto racks to keep it safe from the forecast showers. Building racks with hay that is … Continue reading Hay Making 2014 – Mackerel Sky »

More Hay Making with Racks

Right- windrows mown in the morning, Centre- Phil spreading hay mown the day before, Left-Hay racks Since our last Introductory Scythe Course on 18th August we have been hay making again, although in a different fashion to earlier in the season. The weather has not been classic settled hay making weather. We have had bright sunny days alternating with cloudier days and the threat of … Continue reading More Hay Making with Racks »

Using Racks Part 3 – building a rack

As promised, here is a guide to how we stack our hay racks! Racks are used to save hay from bad weather when is not yet dry enough to bring into a barn. The design of the rack allows the hay to continue curing while the outside layers of hay shed the rain and protect the rest from damage. We start with a wooden frame, … Continue reading Using Racks Part 3 – building a rack »

Using Racks Part 2

Racks in Cae Mari Jones, some with canvas “hats” tied on Yesterday we finished putting the drier grass cut on the mowing day up onto racks, making 12 in the field in all. Today, I added some canvas “hats” to 5 of the racks, made from some bits of old yurt canvas stashed in the workshop, inspired by pictures we have seen of racks built … Continue reading Using Racks Part 2 »