HOMEGROWN Life: A Bit Of ATreat

| 2/10/2012 12:00:30 PM

Tags: goats, grass, orchardgrass, pasture, seed, rye, clovers, alfalfa, paitue, Farm Aid and Homegrown.org,


Our goat yard is in the shape of an L. This fall, while the chickens were still living with the goats, we had decided to fence off the leg and seed it with pasture seed. I wasn't sure if we should seed it for the chickens or for the goats. After doing some research we ended up going with a dairy pasture seed which was safe for both the goats and the chickens.


The dairy pasture seed is made up of orchardgrass and various rye grasses and clovers. It's high in protein, stimulates milk production, and recovers quickly, which is important on such a small area. The plan was to just allow the animals on it for short periods of time as a supplement to their normal diet. They would be able to mow the grass and then we would allow it to replenish

In addition, I also purchased more  alfalfa and  orchardgrass seed for the orchard area. Last year we planted  some to see how it would do. Overall we were happy with it because it didn't require supplemental irrigation and it's perennial. This time, though, I went with Paiute Orchardgrass because it's better adapted to heavier soils like ours and thrives with less water than the  standard orchardgrass.

To plant the pasture grass we loosened up the soil and hand seeded the area. We then took pieces of plywood, systematically put them down and walked on them to help tamp down the seed so that there was good seed to soil contact. We then gently watered the area.

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