Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The "Pasture" -- in all it's glory

1.  No rain
2.  A strange weed arising
3.  No rain

This, gentle readers, is what our "pasture" looked liked until just a few days ago.  Doesn't look like a grass pasture you say?  I would agree, while gnashing my teeth.

Rick discovered this delightful foreign vegetation taking over, I'd estimate" 30% of the half-acre.  He delivered a sample to MSU Extension Service (have I mentioned how much I love these people) and they ID'd it as being in the turnip/mustard family.  Well great!

I called the store from whence the seed came and expressed my displeasure, trying to be as polite as possible while the volano was erupting in my head.

Then I called the "pasture guy" at the Extension Service back and he said those little turnip seeds could have been buried in our soil all along and when we tilled they were exposed to air and light, and voila -- a delightful addition to our already puny pasture.

Can you see me shaking my head???  The time and money we've invested -- ah yes.

 So, we decided to let the donks out on the so-called pasture -- don't have much to lose. 

P.S.  Rick mowed all the weeds down a few days ago, so from afar, it looks like the real deal.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm.. my girls are having a little of 'the poops' from eating some weeds (which they are lovin' btw...). I'm visualizing what effect turnip greens would have :) I'm so sorry.. Janet. I would be fuming too! Can't help the no rain part much, but sheesh. It's 107 here today (at least), and I just returned in from my afternoon ice delivery to geese, chickens, and donks. Bring on Fall, if that means rain and cooler temps! -Tammy