i planted the eight new FLF barrel-gardens with rhubarb, horseradish, sun choke, air potato, some have mallow, some have nettles, some have strawberries… its all here in this spreadsheet. ready to be turned into a videogame.
they’re certainly overplanted in terms of plants/sqft, but they’re also each a container-planted experiment – so, we’ll let our rooted friends get real friendly with each other, and collect the data on who really gets along.
it’s looking like we’re going to burn through the woodchips we have on hand. the pile continues to shrink as it vermi-composts. i made tiny cards to put on mulch trucks. “we want your chips.”
most of my time lately has been poured into the situation of having too many sheep and no grass, because drought. it was a great year for grazing except for this fall brittleness. rotation went really smoothly with the new central barn. but with the rapidly diminishing grass and also having plowed, levelled, fertilized and resown my largest field, i have been dealing with an increasingly irritable herd.
in fact, in the past week the flock realized they could leap over even my most taut and well-strung electronets, if they moved as one fluid river of sheep. even if i had just put them next to fresh grass 100′ away, they would stand and stare at the fence for a while, then flow over it. the bastards.
so i killed a couple. good work, but intensive, even with a lot of help from friends and curious aquaintances. and two is not nearly enough. more young rams are scheduled to go to the slaughterhouse in a couple weeks, so they can be sold to restaurants. hopefully i can break them of the fence jumping habit, but it looks like they’re going to be locked up in hard fence for a while yet.
they have fresh hay and grain. but they’re also in timeout. if electro-net fences don’t work anymore, then neither do sheep. hopefully the sheep and i will come to an arrangement.
FLF-wise, we mostly just need to source more wood chips. gonna have to take more action on this soon. the wood chips combined with fertilizer and worms are a force-multiplier for soil creation, water retention, weed prevention, nutrient distribution…. used well, wood chips are a carbon sinking powerhouse that also make a nursery really labor efficient.