The large pasture we over-sowed is looking great:
We’ve had some consistent rain and it’s really bringing up all the seed we planted.
This is the video on how we planted this area:
Now if you pass through into the smaller pasture around the pond – which we planted about a month earlier – you can REALLY see some progress:
There is a lot of thick green growth out there. In some places, there are patches of certain things that came up better. Like these 7-top turnips:
Generally, the oats, grain rye and winter rye grass are pretty even, with a smattering of clovers everywhere:
In another week or two, I may let the cows back in.
Lots of green!
You can really see the thin winter rye grass coming into its own, pushing up through the frost-burned summer grasses:
I am very satisfied with how this is growing. Between the seed mix and dragging and mowing, then getting it sowed right before a day of rain, I’d say we did well. It was around $250 worth of seed, but that’s a lot of fresh material that will keep us from having to buy hay.
If we could have over-sowed a month earlier it would have been even better. Managing grass is new for us, but I’m enjoying the challenge.
I should probably throw out some lime, too, and let that break down. One of these days I need to send in some soil samples for testing so we can really see what we have out here.
The cows have really been fertility generation machines. The manure is making the gardens lovely, and the manure in the pastures is really greening things up. There was a bare patch where some fill dirt was dumped along with some rocks.
I took some half-dry cow pies and crumbled them up over some seeds and now that bare patch is a mess of green. What great animals! Milk, meat, and richer soil.
Good going on the pasture seeding! I bought 5# bags of mustard, turnips, collard seed that didn’t sell last season and added some 1# bags of diakon radish seed, chicory, buckwheat and a bag of deer plot mix over the summer/fall. Spread it a month ago and just now getting rain and thank the Lord it’s turning green!
I can literally get my greens from the pasture.
The resting paddocks of course.