Gardens Cleared, Hay Out

Picked Clean Plateau

A few weeks ago we turned the pigs into the south field plateau. This area is a garden for pumpkins, turnips, sunflowers, beets, tomatoes and other goodies that becomes food for the pigs for several weeks in the fall. They’ve cleaned the plateau and now it is ready to receive the store of winter hay we’ll be receiving soon. The peak brilliant reds and oranges of fall foliage are past. Our colors are now turning to browns and grays. So goes the cycles of the seasons.

Pigs in South Field Nest

We’ve started putting out a few bales in the fields for the pigs as the pastures wane. This helps spread out their sleeping so they don’t pile up as much and gives them more food. The pasture grasses are still preferred but in the night and morning while waking the pigs eat some of the hay.

Outdoors: 54°F/49°F Mostly Misty
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/64°F

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4 Responses to Gardens Cleared, Hay Out

  1. Jes says:

    Is this the area that you plant your garden in springtime and keep the pigs out of it until this time of year?

    • Yes, this is one of the winter paddocks which is a summer garden. We grow a lot of vegetables in these areas for the animals to eat in the fall and winter. This year this area had beets, chard, turnips, mangels, pumpkins, corn, sunflowers, tomatoes, squash and some other things. Now that the pigs have cleared it out the area is awaiting delivery of winter hay.

  2. Dear Walter –
    When you seed beets or turnips or similar – do you seed them in rows and beds as if you are seeding beets for harvesting?
    Are you thinning, weeding etc afterwards?
    Best regards from Bulgaria

    • In the winter paddocks I broadcast seed them more like grass. I don’t thin or weed after seeding. Prior to seeding is when I do the weeding by running the pigs through the paddock mob grazing followed by chickens, then they go out and I either seed immediately before moving the pigs out if not using the chickens or I seed immediately after moving the chickens out.

      I also broadcast seed beets, turnips, radishes, kale, rape, broccoli and such out in the pastures but do it at a much lower density and let them grow prior to moving livestock into those paddocks.

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