Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In the Clover

We plant clover along with rye grass in our pastures for winter forage for our cows and nitrogen fixation for our soil. In the garden, we plant clover in the fall for nitrogen and added organic matter. The garden clover is always a sight to behold because it has no competition from rye (which is considered a feeder grass), making it lush and fluffy almost like green clouds.

We find lots of things before we till it under-- children, a yellow dog, chickens . . .







Mosquitoes







Ladybugs













and . . .


Zilla in the clover.


All images provided by K.

4 comments:

ZILLA said...

Hey!

Here, kitty-kitty-kitty...

Thanks for the smile!

Kate in NJ said...

Great photos!

Ange (formerly Writer Mom) said...

Came by from Zilla's to say thank you for supporting our team.
And now I see we have much in common.
I have two kids, two ponies, two dogs and a cat, and I'm about to go crazy with gardening projects.

Are you available for farming and gardening questions?
One thing I'd really like to know is what plants and trees are toxic for ponies and horses. I'd like to scatter a few trees in our pastures.

Wonderful blog you have here, and your header is the best I've seen, hands down.

Wisteria said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments.

Acorns from oaks, yew leaves, ragwort, azalea, those elephant ear plants, caladium, and a few others are poisonous for horses and most other animals, but honestly we have oaks everywhere. Most horses or cows won't eat anything poisonous unless there is some imbalance in their diet or if they are starving.

Also clover and can cause bloat if there is too much of it or if the horse is kept in the pasture too long.

We try to keep the weeds out of the pastures. I pay the children to dig them, but we don't panic. We have too much pasture to scrutinize every acre.

Have fun with your ponies.