Jason has been putting in a lot of quality time on the tractors over the last couple of weeks. As I mentioned in my last post he’s been making compost piles in each pasture. He piles up all of the wasted hay and the manure collected around the hay feeders to make big compost piles in each pasture. If we get normal levels of rain over the next few months we’ll be spreading the fully composted piles in September-ish.
Jason has also been reseeding the pastures and spreading fertilizer. He’s pretty much been doing all of the things lately. Everyone knows one of my hot buttons topics is for someone to make a comment along the lines of “at least the grass is free” when they see the horses grazing on their pretty pastures during the growing months. Forget all of the equipment needed to maintain the pastures such as bush hogs, sprayers, tractors, etc. We’ve spent a few thousand dollars on grass seed and fertilizer in the last couple of weeks.
We usually do a split application of fertilizer. Right now we’re fertilizing the cool season grasses. In late May or early June, as long as we have appropriate rainfall, we will fertilize again to give a boost to the warm season grasses. Unfortunately our compost piles do not provide nearly enough fertilizer for the farm. It does make Jason wince when he sees farms paying to have all of their manure and bedding hauled away. Compost it and give yourself some all natural fertilizer.
pasture prep in progress
Hemi, Apollo, Moe and Levendi
Donneur and Flyer
Romeo and Lotus
Faune and Silver
Asterik and George
Elfin and Apollo striking a pose
Lucky, Duesy and Lightning
Walden and Havana
the pet cows having yet another lazy day
Lily and Cinnamon
Tony, Cisco and Trigger