My neighbor, Bob, agreed to mow part of my lawn. And best of all . . . he doesn’t charge me single penny to do it.
Bob’s mower also crushes the grass. That results in faster drying so that it is more quickly ready to be baled for hay. The next day he came over with a hay rake, which put the hay into windrows for baling.
The day after that, he came back with the baler. In the course of the afternoon he had made 10 large, round bales of hay. Next morning he loaded the bales on a trailer and hauled them home for his [beef] cattle to eat.
And now instead of tall grass on the low ground, we have what appears to be lawn. That’s what I’d call a win-win situation.
Look at how our garden is doing this year. Green beans, zucchinis, onions, early and late cabbages, various tomatoes, potatoes, habaneros, jalapeños and sweet bell peppers, cucumbers and giant garlic are all flourishing. Much of this is hidden behind that forest of asparagus, which we harvested lightly this year. Along the far side, the rhubarb continues to thrive. We’ve harvest heavily from it this year and still there is much, much more.
And to think . . . I used to waste that space growing grass. How dumb was that?