Sunday, January 31, 2010

Watching Grass Grow

After a series of rain storms, we wanted to see how the summer pastures are looking. Photos are from last Wednesday's beautifully sunny morning. The north pasture (the top four photos) of summer grasses is filling in nicely. Noticeably denser than the last time we walked through it. The south pasture (the next two photos) of vetch, mustard, and grasses also showed some growth. Although its ground was seeded later, we're hoping that the faster growing mix in the south pasture will be ready mid spring. With more wet weather forecasted for this week, and hopefully throughout February, chances are that we'll be able to rotate the herd into their new home at the end of March or early April.

The photos below are of black walnut groves that line the western boundary of our south pasture. The shaded cool ground in the groves are favorite resting areas for our pigs during summer.