Although we have worked very hard to make improvements, we still have a long ways to go. Picking up trash is a big thing. I can walk around and fill a large empty dog food bag. Two days later, I can fill one again going over the same places. Junk just keeps coming out of the ground. It's mostly small broken pieces of plastic, wire, baling twine, etc. Years of "it's not my property, I don't care" makes me very mad.
Another improvement we will be working on this summer is the pasture. The plan is to focus on one section at a time. The first part will become our hay field.
Step One: Remove trash... check.
Step Two: Use a drag to loosen rocks to be removed... check.
Step Three: Rent brush hog to cut grass then drag again. (in the works for this week)
Step Four: I'm not really sure yet what our next step should be. The ground isn't ready for alfalfa and there are still quite a few unwanted grasses. I'm thinking that we might plant a timothy/clover mix to add to the soil.
Everything I read about starting a pasture includes chemicals, burning, or tilling. While I'm not against initially tilling up the ground to plant seed, we don't have a tiller. Dragging it seems like it may break the soil enough.
Just another lesson in homesteading. We are learning by trial and error.
Now I'll leave you with this cute picture. My son John told us that he was in jail today. I would love to know where he picked this up from.