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5 years 6 months ago - 5 years 6 months ago #528460 by Song
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Hi there. I'm new here. Just bought a family home just south of Hamilton. Just over 2 acres and will move in end of February!
We can't wait and looking forward to exploring new ways of living and can't wait to learn from everyone's here. Our little block probably one of the smaller ones here.
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5 years 6 months ago #528467 by Wren
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Song wrote: Our little block probably one of the smaller ones here.

We're about the same - 2.3 acres :) We have been here 2 years and are still working on getting everything in place, but ours was a bit neglected when we moved in so there has been a lot of work to do. Good luck with yours - you'll love it!

Muddling our way through 1Ha on the Christchurch Port Hills, with flocks of heritage chickens, Silver Appleyard ducks, Gotland sheep, and Arapawa goats.

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5 years 6 months ago - 5 years 6 months ago #528487 by tonybaker
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2 acres is a very good size and probably the best way of getting comfortable with an LSB! You could run a couple of sheep for meat and a few chickens or a pig.

Have you read John Seymour's books?

Let us on here know what stage you are at with the block so we can help you along the way to self sufficiency!

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)
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5 years 6 months ago #528530 by Song
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Thanks guys
No I haven't read that book yet. Is it available in the file section? I'll look it up.
First thing I'll be keen to do is set up some garden spaces / boxes. The house is basically only a house with a few trees. So plenty we can do to it :)
My husband has started shopping around for a ride on lawn mower now! Any tips/suggestions? He said he wanted something at least 20hp and 42' width. Is it really necessary? And catcher? Or mulch?
Thanks guys :)

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5 years 6 months ago #528531 by Mudlerk
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Getting one of the franchise pros to mow [ours does half an acre for $1500/annum] is a lot cheaper. But, next to his chainsaw, a ride-on is a boy's best friend!

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5 years 6 months ago #528532 by tonybaker
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get one of http://www.trademe.co.nz/business-farming-industry/farming-forestry/pasture-lawn-maintenance/mowers/auction-1224744504.htmthese , it picks up the grass which you can use as mulch in vege garden. Mulching mowers are no good long term.
I have not had much success with raised beds, too dry here.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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5 years 6 months ago #528565 by Anakei
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tonybaker wrote: ............................................................
I have not had much success with raised beds, too dry here.


Shouldn't be a problem in Hamilton - every time I go there it rains :dry: :lol:

Urban mini farmer and guerilla gardener

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5 years 5 months ago #528765 by Song
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$1500/annum for half an acre sounds pretty dear :( My husband still very much keen to get a ride on. He set his eyes on something at least 20hp and at least 42' cut width :S

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5 years 5 months ago #528781 by Mudlerk
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I'm pretty sure the typical ride-on costs its owner more more than $1500/annum, when you figure initial purchase, maintenance, fuel, transport to and from repair, etc...even if one throws in one's own labour for free.

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5 years 5 months ago #528788 by Song
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Oh no. I didn't expect the upkeep of a ride on would cost so much per year?
I was thinking I'll prob just pay petrol for it and hardly any need for repair at least for the first years if we bought brand new?

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5 years 5 months ago #528793 by Stikkibeek
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Mudlerk wrote: I'm pretty sure the typical ride-on costs its owner more more than $1500/annum, when you figure initial purchase, maintenance, fuel, transport to and from repair, etc...even if one throws in one's own labour for free.

Ours has cost us nothing but a new battery, one new drive belt (my fault, I picked up a stick I should have stopped for) + petrol in the 3 years we have had it. All up, no more than $250 over three years. Oil level is periodically checked and it is still clean, so no need to change it

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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5 years 5 months ago #528799 by Mudlerk
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I've got to admit that I'm too dumb mechanically to have even worked out that the problem was the belt drive, let alone know how to remove it, install a new one, etc. My financial calculation is based on my own inabilities!

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5 years 5 months ago #528803 by Stikkibeek
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If in doubt, get a good workshop manual. Worth looking on line first as some are available to download.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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