pick up your scythe and make hay from your lawn to trade with someone who has animals for milk. Use your scythe to harvest small grains in part of your garden and get chickens to turn the grain (and your kitchen scraps and bugs in your garden) into eggs and meat. Swap your lawn mower or maybe even your small tractor for a scythe and use the cuttings for sheet mulching that will allow you to grow more of your own food without importing fertility and increase your soil’s organic matter. Pick up your scythe and start composting for real; add meaning to your life; and spend more time outdoors. Get to know your mind, body and environment and join with other scythe owners to mow larger and larger areas and have more fun. Above all, have more fun.
The coarser and woodier the plants that you want to mow, the shorter, sturdier and thicker the scythe blade and its cutting edge will need to be. Conversely, the softer, more succulent and shorter the material you want to mow(and the smoother the surface of the soil), the longer the blade can be and the sharper and thinner you can peen the edge.