We are advancing our battle against the swamp grass (Juncus acutus) that infests 4 out of 7 of our pastures. We had been fertilizing, mowing and overseeding with clover after being told these actions would help which they have not. We had heard spreading lime would help, but it was pretty expensive. All the information about fighting it I can find is from Australia. It is considered an endangered native plant in California, and they plant it in Portland as part of rain gardens. But here our animals will not eat it, and it crowds out the edible grass. So next we are going to experiment with burning it and tilling it. Above is a thriving clump of swamp grass, and below is a small section that I burned after mowing compared to the rest which I did not burn.
In other farm “news” I pulled out an old piece of electric fencing because the netting is ruined, but I was going to remove the posts and reuse them. I laid it down for a couple of minutes and found Shorty entangled in it.
I untangled her and five minutes later found her tangled in it again. Silly goat!
We finally released the lambs from their pen this week. Tom was extra nervous for some reason about raptors getting to them so they have been under cover until now. Although all the new sights and sounds are somewhat scary to them I think they are enjoying their freedom.
And I learned today that chickens love leftover spaghetti noodles. Their all time favorite food is earthworms followed closely by soft red fruits like strawberries and tomatoes. So I think the noodles remind them of the worms. They grab a noodle, run away with it, and suck it down whole.
And a cute photo of our beagle Sunny and her unusual sitting preference.