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.
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).