Improvements noticed after lime, gypsum & boron applications

September 22, 2011

Last December I applied 500 lbs/acre of agricultural lime to our place. In March, we put down about 300 lbs/acre of gypsum, and about 0.5 lb/acre of boron.  Gypsum has sulphur which is needed in protein, and boron enables the calcium to be used in the plants. So what did that accomplish? The grass was […]

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Keeping the grass fresh in the goose pen

April 27, 2011
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I love grass. It feeds the animals and keeps things nice & clean. The geese love it too, and will eat it down to the roots if they are on it long enough. The challenge is: How do you keep fresh grass around a nesting goose, without moving the nest? I do it by putting […]

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Pasture Brix

July 28, 2010

The threshold of 12° Bx marks the point when insects stop eating the plants. The theory goes that if an aphid or caterpillar eats sap sweeter than that, it ferments into alcohol and kills the bug.

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Holistic Sustainable Agriculture from the Soil Up

July 3, 2010

There were 27 people who came out and joined us for Dr Dettloff’s presentation Saturday. I will type up the notes about local resources which we compiled throughout the day, and distribute them to those who joined us.

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Geese mow my lawn

June 8, 2010

It has now been 7 weeks since my goslings hatched, and they are about half-way feathered out–about 3 lbs each. It’s been cold and rainy since they hatched, but their parents have done excellent work keeping them protected.

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The taste of raw milk

June 1, 2010

I learned about barn odors & milk flavors in a cheese making seminar I took a couple years ago, and it’s true. We’ve tasted the difference in our goat’s milk between the days where they are out in the pasture vs. closed up in a pen–though they were eating the same food.

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Rotational mob-grazing elimintes buttercup

May 18, 2010

We cross fenced our main pasture 3 years ago, and separated it into 5 paddocks. One of these paddocks was nearly taken over by creeping buttercup last summer.

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