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Proper footwear is essential for farmers – in fact, your shoes are one of the most fundamental bits of gear that you’ll buy for this job. As such, it’s important to think carefully about which footwear you choose. These are, after all,  the boots that you spend most of your waking hours wearing.

Not all work boots are created equal, but it’s also easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of options out there these days. So what are the most important factors to consider when choosing a work boot?

  • You’ll be standing, crouching, and walking in these boots for hours at a time, so they need to feel comfortable and provide both arch and ankle support. You can also add sole inserts for extra support if you need to.
  • To prevent injury, you need boots with plenty of traction so that you won’t fall down in wet conditions. You might also want to buy boots with toe protection, such as a steel toe, depending on the type of farming you’re doing; but keep in mind that steel-toed boots are rigid and not as comfortable.
  • Leather is a go-to material for work boots – it’s natural, reliable, durable, and breathable. It also molds to your foot with wear, which leads to a customized fit over time. If you decide to go synthetic, make sure the material is breathable and durable.
  • Farming in wet conditions is unavoidable at times, so waterproofing is a must. Keeping your feet dry isn’t just a matter of comfort, either. Moisture leads to blisters, fungus and other issues.
  • Not all waterproof linings are created equal. Look for boots that have a breathable lining material, such as Gore-tex, Dry-lex or Keen Dry, so your feet stay dry and comfy. Some materials are also antimicrobial, which helps prevent odor.
  • A great pair of work boots will likely come with a pretty price tag. But the better quality boots you invest in, the longer they’ll last.
  • A second pair. You should, ideally, have a second pair of work boots so that you’re not wearing the exact same pair every day.
  • Don’t forget the socks. It’s not all about your boots, believe it or not! You should also wear high-quality socks. Go for thick, soft performance socks made from natural fibers, such as merino wool, which will help keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
Maintaining Your Boots

Buying a great pair of boots is step one. Maintaining your boots is step two. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to protect your boots from damage and keep them in tip-top shape.

First, make sure to clean your boots regularly. Yes, they will get ridiculously muddy and dirty, but dirt and mud can damage leather over time, so give them a good cleaning when possible.

Also, dry your boots out properly when they get wet. Stuff them with newspaper or another absorbent material, or invest in a boot dryer.

And lastly, don’t forget to condition your boots occasionally, particularly if they’re made of leather.

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DIY Wasp Trap

Wasps are heavily debated upon when it comes to farming. They were once considered a menace in the garden but many farmers have come to terms with them for being predators that hunt harmful pests. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re completely harmless; going out into your yard will be troublesome if there are wasps around, you can’t take a few steps without posing as a threat and getting stung. That’s why I leave the pest control to organic methods and decided to make a DIY wasp trap that can help me get rid of them.

You can insert these traps into the ground or hang them from a tree, but it’s most effective if you use them both, especially if your area is prone to wasps.

A Ground Soda Bottle Trap

Take an empty soda bottle which has a two-liter capacity but makes sure that is evenly wide along its sides. Use a sharpened knife to remove the top part of the bottle. This should be where the top part and remaining bottle share the same width.

Fill the bottom part with fruity and sweet bait and adjust the top part into the bottom by placing it upside down. For bait, you can use jam, fruit juice, or even soda itself. Make sure that the top fits within the bottom snugly but if they’re moving, tape them together so you have a fixed trap.

Set up your trap where you’ve spotted the most wasps, near you flowers or fruit crops. By smelling the bait, wasps will just crawl in through the hole to reach it. Once they’re inside, they’ll have trouble getting out. Eventually, they’ll drown in the soda or juice bait.

A Soda Bottle Trap to Hang

If you can observe wasps around your trees, then it’s best to hang a trap near them to keep them from stinging you while you’re pruning trees. You’ll need the same kind of bottle as the ground trap, but you’ll need two of them this time. Take one bottle and repeat what you did for the first trap by cutting off the top at the part where it shares a similar width as the remaining bottle.

Tighten the top of the other bottle and just as you cut off the top in the first trap, you’ll have to cut off the bottom where it’s just as wide as the rest of the bottle. Then make two tiny holes along the top from where you’ll pass out the string to hang your trap. Add some tape where the string runs from so that wasps don’t crawl out through the holes.

Place the smaller top part of the bottle inside the bigger one so both the tops are parallel. Ensure that it’s nice and tight, otherwise, use some tape so it doesn’t fall. Fill your trap with a 2-inch deep layer of bait before hanging it up on a branch.

Remember to clean out your trap every night since wasps won’t really feel like climbing into them if the juice has spoiled or is filled with their drowned comrades. To make sure that no wasps fly out to bite you while you’re cleaning and refilling, place the trap in a bucket full of water for thirty minutes before cleaning it out. Happy Farming!


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