The day I move my pigs, I throw out some seed. The pigs’ feet throw dirt over the seeds. The plants emerge in the fall, but over winter and start growing again in the spring. I am hoping these will seed themselves this year, and add diversity to the field.
Using Permaculture design principles, I am trying to develop a source of winter feed so that the animals will help themselves, omitting the need to have large amounts of hay put up in a barn. Bamboo may fill that need. Bamboo stays green all winter in our Zone 6.
We ended last year with luffa scouring pads and plenty of seeds. If you would like some, use the contact page. The seeds are free. You would only need a half dozen seeds to grow enough for your neighborhood. In addition the small squash( about one inch thick) make a terrific summer squash for sides and salads.
We are raising luffa this year. This is a natural way to have a scrubbing sponge without using plastic. The squash grows, gets skinned, the seeds removed, then the core is rinsed and dried. The result can be used for cleanng anything...including your body!
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Well, I was not able to devise a system for keeping the Remay on. So it was a failure, at least for last year. I will try again. This growing season, I am using it as a trellis. Peas anyone? Yes, they are purple!
These little guys all have names now and are loving being outside. This is the Berkshire breed, well known for their quality.
This design has a string over the top to hold the remay onto the frame even in high winds. In two weeks I will plant onions here to see what happens.
The high winds yesterday blew my hoop house apart and crushed my pepper plant! I guess the new design had better be sturdier. Good to know now rather than later.