James Freyr

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Married, no children, and 6 cats. I'm a bit of a jack of all trades having always done my own auto and home repair and have been working in the skilled trades since 2004, currently doing hardwood floors and setting tile. My wife and I love homesteading and pursue it more each year and I love growing my own food. I enjoy books, tea and hiking in the woods.
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Seed drills such as this one work great for those who want to sow crops that have a seed of a larger size, such as corn and want it sowed in neat rows. Like Travis described, discs will cut the soil and a single seed will be dropped into the channel that's been cut in the soil, then right behind that an apparatus will cover the seed back up. They work well over soil that has been cultivated, or fluffed up and smoothed out, such as a soil that's been disked and harrowed. They can sometimes have difficulty drilling seed on soils that have never been touched or worked over for a long time. Results can vary also with the type of soil and how dry it is: think a clay soil in August that hasn't had rain in six weeks and is hard like concrete. They often have adjustments on then for the size of the seed being sowed, how far apart each row can be, how often a seed gets dropped in while moving along, and such.

This is not the right type of machine for planting turf or grass seed. Grass seeds are usually broadcasted onto the surface of a soil. Machines that do this can have a hopper on top full of grass seed which pours out one end onto a spinning plate that slings (or broadcasts) the seed evenly out in an arc or rainbow shape as the machine is driven along.
1 week ago

Travis Johnson wrote:
Oh...they exist!!

We have them here in Maine, but it all depends on where you live. For instance in my town, where dairy farms rule, and two of the three "selectmen" who are elected to run the town at our annual meeting are farmers, my town chooses to overlook enforcing them. Here it would not be for chainsaws and hedge trimmers, but more for bigger farm tractors and sawmills and such.

The best place to look for the overall cost of living and all taxes combined, is actually retirement websites that show such things on a state by state basis. For instance other states have far higher property taxes than what I have in Maine based on per capita basis, BUT when you include ALL the additional taxes we pay, we have the highest overall taxes in the country. The retirement sites do those calculations for you.

Wow that's crazy man. I can totally understand why the guys choose to overlook enforcing those kinds of taxes, and I think it's real cool that they can do that. It seems to me that farmers have a hard enough time nowadays making a decent living, and to be taxed each year for tractors and other such type equipment that's long been paid for almost seems like punishment for being a farmer.
1 week ago
I don't think they exist, at least here in the America. Property taxes (land) is the only ongoing tax paid annually for ownership of something that I am aware of or ever heard of. Renewing tags on automobiles is, I think, something different.
1 week ago
Hey J, I'm really intrigued, as I've never heard of such a thing as "personal property taxes". From what you describe, it sounds like ongoing taxes to pay annually for material possessions, such as a lawn mower or chainsaw. From what I know, once taxes are paid for durable goods (and soft goods for that matter) at the time of purchase, in states that have such an applicable sales tax, there are no more taxes to be paid.
1 week ago
<gasp!> For me?!?! I feel honored!

I laughed out loud when I read that and saw the viking guy in the helmet delivering that shovel
Niiiice!! And congrats Greg!

That sure is a shiny sword. Rather nice actually. Is there an equally sparkly, shiny rake of gardening?
Chris, how's the pup doing? Have there been improvements or even a complete recovery with no more runny poops? Will you share the techniques your sister-in-law used that seemed to work better over others?
1 week ago
After a quick google search, to me it looks like it could be a variety of Holly, possibly the Dahoon Holly. https://www.floridasnature.com/natives6.html

Hope this helps!
1 week ago
Congrats y'all! Welcome to the team!
Hi Bonnie, I moved this post from the "plants" forum to the "tinkering with this site" forum. I imagine you were unaware, but that is the forum that get's regular attention from staff members, including the powers-that-be, for questions and ideas just such as this one! :) I think your idea is a good one indeed, and we'll certainly discuss it. Hope this helps!