R Ranson wrote:
Gerbert Thorne wrote:
R Ranson wrote:Was it with raw milk or pasteurized?
It was raw, freshly taken from a cow that morning.
There goes my theory. If it was pasteurized, then it's easier for unpleasant things to get in. The raw milk has beneficial bacteria that keeps most things out, especially for clabbering like you did. (according to many sources).
It could be something in the animal's diet, or perhaps the temperature the milk was clabbered at encouraged the sour tasting bacteria, or perhaps the milk bucket wasn't sterilized and a sour bacteria was starting to get hold. Sterilization of milk buckets is a new thing and not the historical norm - but it does help to keep the flavour of the milk more consistent. Maybe dish soap residue from your bowl (or whatever your container was for the milk) might have reacted to the bacteria. It could be the breed of cow, or perhaps the mystical milk gods were just looking the wrong way that day. or...
kadence blevins wrote:I'm curious if some peas or beans might do well growing with/near them? like a three sisters type deal going. you would have to plant them after the chokes are up a bit to make sure they have something there ready to climb on.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:
I can add one idea that has not been mentioned: enclose your chickens on an area you want cleared of all vegetation. They'll take care of it for you and deposit plenty of high nitrogen material as well.
R Ranson wrote:Hello Gerbert, welcome to permies.com
Grain growing dosen't need as much space as one might think. I don't know what part of the world you are in, so I don't know what grain grows well where you are, but here we can grow oats, wheat and barley quite easily. If the place will grow grass, it will grow grain. Growing even a small plot of grain (one meter square) can be very fulfilling. It's surprisingly easy and it's amazing how much grain you can get from a tiny plot.
Also, this video had an interesting idea for growing squash - which is great at smothering lawn.
Todd Parr wrote:I have had the best results by far by laying out big sheet of black rubber and leaving it in place until everything under it is dead. It softens the ground more than I would have imagined. Once everything is dead, I put down an inch or so of compost and plant the area. I have planted without the compost and it works, but I had much better results with compost.
Zelda LuAnn wrote:What works for me is to just simply pile up a very thick layer of brown pine straw over an area & just let it sit there blocking the sun off of the grass... it will die, the ground below the straw will also get "softer". Then when I'm ready to plant, I just move the straw away and plant. I still use the pine straw to keep on the bed for mulch. And contrary to old tales, it does NOT ruin the soil or make it acidic. It maintains steady moisture, decomposes nicely & worms love it.