One of the reasons Bonnie and I decided to pull the plug on suburban life is because city laws prevented us from keeping bees in our yard (this has since changed, but we are happy to be here anyway!). This is a hobby that both Bonnie and I were very interested in pursuing but we knew we would have to move elsewhere to do it. So we did. Bees are awesome little insects that have an immense ecological impact. If you are a gardener of any size, bees are responsible for a good a portion of your success. In fact, they are directly responsible for pollinating about 35% of the worlds food supply. Pretty darn cool, but also VERYimportant to us humans.
I’m going to level with you, there is nothing that makes me feel more badass then felling trees. It’s sort of a man vs nature kind of thing… and I always win. So naturally, after suburban dwelling for so long when we moved to the country the first thing I did was buy a chainsaw. I did some research and found that Stihl had great reviews so decided to go for it. I purchased the Stihl MS170 chainsaw with a 16″ bar. It is a little on the small side but it is very light and easy to use. Authors Note: I didn’t get any kickbacks from Stihl for this post but if Stihl is reading this I do accept bribes and free stuff 🙂
One of the first projects we took on when we moved to the country (aside from an extensive interior reno) was planting fruit trees. We did this because on average fruit trees take about 3 years to bear fruit and we didn’t want to waste any time.