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Harvest oats by hand, chance to have a go!

 
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hedgerow.crafts



Joined: 21 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 10 8:44 pm    Post subject: Harvest oats by hand, chance to have a go!  Reply with quote    

Hi all
A local small holder has offered us the chance to help him harvest some or all of his oats by hand (near-ish to Newcastle Emlyn) - using scythes to mow it, tie it in sheaves, stook it etc. Is any one interested in helping out? Does anyone have any experience of doing this? We haven't done this before but it is a good opportunity to have a go.

Email me if you are interested in helping! I would also be interested to hear about other peoples experiences.

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 10 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When is this going to happen?

hedgerow.crafts



Joined: 21 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 10 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Depends on the weather and ripeness of the crop - sometime in the next month. Hopefully I will have a couple of days notice and be able to email those who have expressed an interest.

Stonehead



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 674
Location: Aberdeenshire
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 10 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been known to use a scythe...



That's nearing the finish of the big field—four acres of grass. Carry a scythe stone in your back pocket and hone the blade regularly. Have an anvil, peening hammer and files to one side so you can you can freshen up the edge every couple of acres or if you hit the inevitable stone or piece of fencing wire.

Stonehead



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 674
Location: Aberdeenshire
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 10 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And a post from my blog about preparing the scythe...

http://stonehead.wordpress.com/2006/06/09/mowing-preparations/

gil
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 08 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 10 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent, another Downsizer mower !
Congratulations on tackling four acres - do you mow it on an ongoing basis, or do it all in one go over a week or so ?
And what do you do with it - compost, hay, or ?

steve tomlin



Joined: 07 Jan 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Cumbria
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 12 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hi,
Will this oat harvest be taking place again in 2012?
Steve

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 12 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome aboard Steve. It may be worth you sending hedgerow.crafts a PM with your question. They're still around I think but intermittently so a direct approach may be better.

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