We've got some catching up to do with the pasture overhaul. Weather conditions have caused major delays and I'm getting very anxious. We have 7 steps and we've only completed 2. Woe is me!
Step 1: remove dead/unneeded shrubs
Step 2: remove weeds (which in our case means most of the pasture)
Step 3: spread manure
Step 3 1/2: fertilize
Step 4: till
Step 5: compact soil
Step 6: sow seed
Step 7: rake
Holy crikies we've got a lot left to do.
Who would have thought it would be so hard to find a local farmer to till. I think I've spoken with everyone in our community and beyond. Would you believe the only person we've found (and you betcha we booked him) is about an hour away. Everyone else I called either 1) didn't call back, 2) said our pasture is too small for their equipment or 3) just said we don't do that.
We won't make it by mid-May as had been recommended by MSU Extension Service. By the way, I highly recommend taking advantage of their services. The "pasture guy", Phil, has been as nice as a guy can be, spelled out the process for me, and reassured me when I called back with more questions and anxiety oozing through the phone.
We're due to complete steps 3 and 3 1/2 before farmer comes on May 14 and then we have to hustle our bustles to finish 5-7.
Wish us luck, gang!