Last summer our East pasture was thick with milkvetch, grasses and clover and it was unevenly grazed since it was so advanced by the time we put the sheep into it. It went into winter with a lot of residue grass.
|October 2011 Residue looks like thatch on the ground|
The dogs and I headed across it, me taking wide berths around the large puddles and they running through them. Every so often I stopped to lift the thick mounds of residue and snoop. I’m so excited to report on what lies beneath.
|Grass found beneath residue March 2012|
This handful smells like earth and old wet grass. It a welcome sight and smell after a long, dead winter. I wonder if the sheep will like it and contemplate letting them out here for a day or so of picking. It wouldn’t be quality enough to sustain them feed wise, but I’m pretty sure they would enjoy lifting those mounds of residue and snooping themselves. And their lifting and disturbance of the residue would do good things for the future grasses to come this spring.