• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies living kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • raven ranson
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Julia Winter
garden masters:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • thomas rubino
  • Bill Crim
  • Kim Goodwin
  • Joylynn Hardesty
gardeners:
  • Amit Enventres
  • Mike Jay
  • Dan Boone

Baling hay without getting greasy...  RSS feed

 
Posts: 159
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here is a shot of today's project...baling hay by hand. Yeah, I know I could just stack it, but we live in hurricane central, and no loose stack tarped over is gonna survive a good storm...plus my rugrats can handle thebales when they have to feed. plus, the bales are so darn cute it makes people itch to pay for grass clippings...lol...plus...you can bale anything that will fit into the box...except kittens...doesn't work for some reason...(kidding)

Anyway, I enjoy making hay by hand (especially as that is about how much I have money for right now...) and while I do not absolutely have to bale it..it is easier to store...
baling-hay.jpg
[Thumbnail for baling-hay.jpg]
 
Posts: 19
Location: North Plains, OR
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Picture is great! Would you care to post more info, or even a short video on how you make the bales?

Been cutting grass by hand and making haystacks for a long time, but I wouldn't mind knowing how to bale by hand, there are situations when it could prove very useful.

Thank you!
 
Lloyd George
Posts: 159
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
not much to it, really...search on you tube for hand baler or mini baler for some ideas...the thing is basically a box wth a door and a pair of slots in each side to accommodate the twine..and a lever and presser foot to squish it...then tie it off and start over. slow and labor intensive but it works well.

The pile on the left above is now an eighteen inch tall astack of two layers of bales...guess I will cut the next batch this weekend.


 
steward
Posts: 2723
Location: Maine (zone 5)
553
chicken dog food preservation forest garden goat hugelkultur rabbit trees
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Lloyd, How are you cutting your grass? scythe?
 
Posts: 16
Location: Western Washington
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Right on, man! Even if you did not come up with the idea, it is ingenious.
 
Villains always have antidotes. They're funny that way. Here's an antidote disquised as a tiny ad:
Food Forest Card Game - Game Forum
https://permies.com/t/61704/Food-Forest-Card-Game-Game
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!