My outdoor grounds crew is busy with springtime chores.
Here in the Northeast, March is usually when we get a lot of our outdoor grounds work started here at the farm - pruning trees, mulching beds and tree pits, and cleaning up the branches and debris left over from the winter storms. This year, March brought a lot of erratic weather conditions - a late season snow storm, followed by milder temperatures and then most recently, several days of rain. And today, we're expecting another two-inches of drenching precipitation. During the inclement weather, the crew keeps busy with indoor jobs, such as cleaning the Equipment Barn - a large storage building near my allee of pin oaks, where we house our tractors, mowers, blowers, and garden tools. Keeping our seasonal supplies well-maintained and properly stored always saves time in the long run.
Here are some photos - enjoy.
This is the Equipment Barn, which I had built soon after purchasing the farm. There are two large sliding doors at either end for accessing the equipment. The building is approximately 40 by 120-feet with substantial height.
Here, Fernando is organizing the many gardening tools we store in this structure.
Chhiring is putting a wheelbarrow back in place. We keep wheelbarrows on end to conserve space.
They look much better stored vertically, don’t you agree?
Each wheelbarrow has its tire checked for air, so it is completely ready for the next task.
All the garden tools are hung on sturdy hooks.
We use these flip-up tool holders – they’re made of steel with a vinyl coating, and can hold up-to 50-pounds each.
Tools are hung so that they are easy to find. Dirt is rinsed off outdoors before tools are put away.
Here are the rakes and spades. Do you know the difference between a shovel and a spade? Shovels are broad-bottomed tools for moving loose materials, while spades tend to have a flat bottom edge for digging.
On this section of wall, we hang all the leaf blowers and weed-whackers, or string trimmers.
And here – broadcast spreaders are also suspended on hooks.
When something is found that doesn’t belong in the Equipment Barn, it’s placed in the back of the four-wheeler, so it can be returned to its rightful location.
Ladders of various sizes rest against one wall above the wheelbarrows and close to one set of large barn doors.
I use very utilitarian lighting and fans where I can on the farm.
This bank of lockers is for the crew. Everyone has their own set of lockers, where they can store extra shoes, clothing, and other personal items.
Also on this side, blowers, tillers and generators.
Mowers are all parked neatly together and ready to use.
This John Deere tractor is great. It is often used for mowing the hay fields.
Next to the John Deere tractor, and protected with a sheet, is this vintage Allis-Chalmers tractor from the 1940s.
And, do you recognize this? The Martha by Mail truck was a postal delivery truck from the 80s, which I bought years ago and had painted green.
This John Deere tractor with its front loader, is used constantly around the farm to haul logs, planters, etc. It sits in the back of the Equipment Barn.
The wood chipper is also parked here.
This is our Hi-Lo – so versatile with many uses at the farm.
The front of the Hi-Lo is equipped with a forklift for picking up heavy items.
This corner of the barn is reserved for mechanical maintenance, repairs, and other smaller projects.
In a storage closet, we keep a lot of the smaller supplies and tools – all organized in labeled clear plastic bins.
Everything fits in this large space, especially when it is clean and all the tools are properly put away.