Super Sized Turnip
The above super sized turnip was much larger than your ordinary turnip because it was growing in the compost pile. We grow a lot of turnips, beets, pumpkins, kale, rape, sunflowers and other things out in the fields for the livestock. Rather than carefully tilling, raking, seeding and weeding we simply scatter the seeds for most of the plants and then they grow among the field forages.
The pigs tend to eat the leaves in the warm months, leaving some and the plants keep growing. This creates a regrowth as the pigs rotate out of the pasture and it rests. Thus the root crop forages are much like grasses and clovers in this respect – eat the tops in the summer, save the roots for the cold season. Then in the fall and winter they eat down the stalks (e.g., broccoli, rape, kale, etc) and finally the tubers. I suspect that after the frost the tubers may become sweeter. Additionally there is less delectable leafy forages so the pigs are hungrier and willing to eat further down the menu. Thus the tubers make good fall and winter food, keeping well past the change of the season.
The winter paddocks are particularly rich in nutrients and make excellent places to grow fall forages. This in turn uses the nutrients from the previous winter. Gradually the soil improves from our poor thin mountain soil to rich garden dirt.
Outdoors: 73°F/50°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/66°F
Daily Spark: Research shows that people have a happiness level that they’re stuck with. Recent genetic research suggests that the gene for happiness helps women more than men. With a lot of hard work I still believe you can change that however my work with breeding animals suggests the researchers on human happiness got this right. Happy ones are born. We even have a sow named Happy because she’s, well, happy! She is Speckle’s twin sister. I hope that he passed his happy gene on to his hundreds of offspring. Perhaps in time we can breed for happier and happier pigs. Despite the genetics, you can however take a happy person and make them miserable with only a little effort. So be nice.