March 30, 2010 at 1:58 am #457495
Sorry to hear about your FIL, hope all will be well soon.
I’m glad to share my experiences regarding the soil, weeds, pasture grasses and legumes. 🙂
What I’ve basically been doing, bit by bit, is regenerating sub-divided old unused cropping-dairy land. The land had a weed problem, so now we’re growing less weeds and making more productive land using native and non native pastures grasses and legumes. Cattle and a large mob of roos (more here than cattle) are the main “consumers” (grazers) in the grassland system.
That photo above was taken several days ago, showing Callide Rhodes grass mostly, but many more species are growing in that paddock.
The hill top and slopes (see the link above), I deep ripped lines across the slope, as it was hard ground. Then a local fella chisel ploughed and lightly disced the surface. He spread the fertiliser that was mostly chook pellets (Katek) about 80% mixed with “super MO” and “88”. I sowed the seed, Pearl Millet (Maxa) and a “local mix” of perennial pasture grasses and legumes. Then I covered the seed with an “implement” I made out of scrap steel – “The Leveller”. :tongue:
The perennial grasses and legumes really took off last Summer. I allowed them to seed many times over and establish further.
But this is what most of the paddock looked like with the full growth of the Pearl Millet (see attached) in summer 09. The perennial grasses and legumes were allowed to go to seed in there but you can’t see most of them. The paddock was then cell grazed by my cattle a few times over, then the Millet died off during 09 winter.
So there it is, growing deep roots, putting carbon from atmospheric CO2, into the soil. 🙂April 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm #457496
just brought myself a five tine yoeman plough today on ebay.
Its in vic, so have to get my bro to pick up for me, will fly over from Perth and take down to the tassie property when time permits.
Looking forwards to getting into the whole keyline system.
Will keep posted on results, but progress may be over several years:DApril 13, 2010 at 12:48 am #457497
Bridgette is Mimsbrook farm easy to contact-I would love to talk to them
This is their web address:April 29, 2010 at 1:52 am #457498
Just back from England arrived Tuesday and still trying to get back into Aussie time, still waking at 4am and ready for bed by7pm.
Thanks to you all all your help has been great. We are really looking forward to getting the farm up and running.
The pictures are great Bullseye and I hope to achieve similar results.and post some pictures as soon as I learn how to do it.May 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm #457499
Went to the farm for a couple of days and spent time walking around at 4am to see where it was colder and warmer. Also read Peter Andrews Beyond the brink. It makes sense to me. Anyone have any opinions on his views?
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