BITS & PIECES

Digging Dirt

There’s so much rich black soil in the animal’s enclosure, and with spring just around the corner, it was time to get that soil filled with composted greens, hay, straw and animal droppings into the raised beds.   Jordanne, with the help of a volunteer, spent a few days removing about a foot of soil and piling it up outside the animal pen. This soil will be used to amend the raised beds and fill in low spots throughout the garden and yard.

Free Food

Across the street our neighbor has a giant oak tree which shades his entire front yard. He brought over a wheel barrel load of oak leaves for our goats who just love ’em like candy (besides oat leaves are good for their tummies). Speaking of goats and oak leaves, one of the most common misconceptions about goats is that they eat grass and graze lawns. We are asked, “Do the goats eat your grass?” or “Can you bring them over to eat my lawn?”

Sheep, not goats, eat grass/lawns.  Picture the grand estates in England with their lush green lawns. What do you see in the picture but grazing sheep? Goats, on the other hand, love shrubs and brush – hence their being used for brush clearance.

Climate Changing Before Our Eyes

ArborDay.org has put together ananimated illustration of the general warming that has occurred from 1990 to 2006. For example, the pink areas of the map have warmed up enough to change one hardiness zone (e.g. the top half of Nebraska has increased by one zone).

Comments(4)

  1. Anna says:

    I first looked at the map without reading the text and said, “WHOA, Nelly!” I grew up in central Ohio where I learned to garden. At that time (early 90’s) we were solidly in zone 5, though a thirty or forty mile drive south put one into 6B territory. I can hardly believe that the entire state of Ohio is now categozied in 6! This is something folks should learn…thanks for posting it.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hello. I’m a new reader to your site and love it. I think I found it via Treehugger.com. Anyway, since you mentioned all the oak leaves, I was wondering if your ever took the acorns and prepared them for human eating? I just read about this and want to try it here next fall in MI. Thanks.

  3. Lee says:

    Wow, this makes me wonder what zone I’ll be in in another 16 years…

  4. Scott Holtzman says:

    Greetings. Wanted to say ‘Thanks’ for the information on the Ollas! (Could not post to that comments section)
    What a wonderfully practical concept, and a great project for my wifes ‘potter wheel’.