That seems to be where I'm heading.I got hooked when I got it as a hobby. Then I got the garden to use it more. Then I needed more implements to work it. Next was a bigger garden to have more seat time. Now with a bigger garden, I should have more. What a cycle.
Ah, so it is the journey, not the destination.All my tractors are just a hobby. I don't really need a 80 hp or a 40 hp or a 12 hp trekker - it's just for fun. And I use my tractors only for field demonstrations or journeys and so.
My grandfather had 26 holsteins. We were incredibly modern...the cream separator had an electric motor instead of a hand crank. Most were milked by machine and you carried the milk to the separator, but there were a couple who insisted on the personal treatment.A lot of ways to look at it. As for the gardens, I can't remember not having a garden to work in even as a child. When I became 14 my parents moved the 7 of us kids onto a 5 acre acerage in Newton. There was a barn and fenced in feedlot. So dad bought a milk cow and our chores was milking(by hand ) and tending the cow. That was followed by farrowing up to 12 sows.
In those days early 60's a dairy bull calf was not worth a lot. You could buy one for $5-$10 . So paper route money would raise a few calves to butcher and pay for feed.
We did not hsve a lot of money, but beef and pork on the table and produce from the garden went a long ways. Bought my first car with the $25 I had saved from pig money.
No it did not run, but I learned a lot making it run.
I guess that started a fire in my belly that would never go out. I never got the urge to farm out of my system, but land prices and equipment went out of sight in the 70's.
Never really got there and have spent my life working in town and escaping by way of the garden tractors that were a compromise for the urge to farm, I never feel more in my relm than when I am working or working on my tractors. Now that I'm on the acreage, maybe I can retire on the Hobby Farm that was a dream most of my life.
My wife sticks mostly to flowers. I let her because if I didn't she'd just do it anyway. She's a lot like me in that way.I have a tractor because my wife has five gardens. We had a small garden, so we bought a rototiller. Then she wanted a second and a third. When she wanted the fourth garden, I bought a David Bradley. When she pointed to the bush line & said "if that was only 50 feet back, I could put in a fifth garden", I bought the Allis HB112 to pull stumps, plow new ground, & speed up tilling season.
Sorry to hear about the lay-offs. Been there. Will likely be there again some day. Never good.I got the WH to speed up mowing the lawn. Then the neighbor who snow plowed moved so I got a plow. The garden was rototilled for several years then it expanded and I came upon a tiller attachment.
When real good deals came along I'd buy another, fix it up and sell it. When the kid was 12, I fixed a friends' Big Ten. Ricky loved it when I let him take it for the test drive. I got him a B-10 and he rode it for years. I got laid off in 2005 so, I responded to all free ads and ended up with 36+ tractors. Some I repaired and sold some I'm going to restore. They are an addiction. I was laid off again and am working on them again. The next dream project is a big barn.
They are a tool that allows increased production. I plan to extend the garden again this year.
May I suggest Sugar Snap Peas to start the garden early. We plant them in March which is 2 months before the tomatoes. Plant them against the fence and eat them raw when they are ripe. They are usually past when I plant the tomatoes infront of them. Good Luck, RickNever did any gardening as a youngster. The ground surrounding the house we lived in when we were married and for the next 25 years could grow only one crop and that was ROCKS! You could not jump on a regular shovel and get it to drive in all the way with out clanging off several rocks. I did have a few tractors that were used for plowing the driveway and pulling the wagon around the acre.
When we bought out here at the lake we worked up an area with part of a farm drag and my Ford LGT, then planted some pumpkins and corn. Pumpkins got big enough for the grand-kids to enjoy and the raccoons enjoyed the corn immensely.
Fast forward to now, our 30ft x 60 ft garden is fenced with 5 foot tall welded wire fence with 2 foot of chicken wire at the bottom. Our garden seems to grow anything we try very well. It is not big enough and we will probably end up adding some this year. We were given some hybrid raspberry plants last spring that took root well in the garden and produced some thumb sized berries in the fall. We still grow sweet corn and pumpkins, and have added tomatoes, carrots green peppers, and green beans to our regulars. I want to try some potatoes, lettuce, and radishes this year, and am looking forward to the weather allowing us to do so.