With spring returns the green grass. It seems as if mowing is a never ending job around here. Especially with lots of rainfall. Mowing produces a valuable resource for a garden in the form of grass clipping. Here in Hickery Holler we collect all of our grass clippings. We have a small grass and leaf rake that pulls behind our mower. We collect leaves in the fall to mulch our gardens and flower beds. We use these leaves and grass clippings to add to
the small animal manure produced by our animals that we grow for food. We do not grow large livestock on our farm. We prefer because of our age to stick with chickens, turkey and rabbits. They are all small and easily housed. No large expensive barns or pens are required. In most cases just a fence with a simple structure to protect them from the worst winter conditions and to protect them from predators. From time to time we will buy and raise a pig to make sausage and provide a variety. We provide straw for all these animals for bedding and that also becomes compost.
But all that green grass makes great compost when added to manure and straw bedding. The pile above will be mixed with the turkey pen droppings which need cleaning out. A mixture of old straw and turkey poop combined with this hot green grass will make some great compost for next spring. No sprays or pesticides of any kind are used on our lawns, any weed seeds a really hot compost pile should kill. Composting is a constant here on this farm. There seems to always be compost piles in one stage or another. Always limbs, straw, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, leaves or poop from one animal or another. Our preference is rabbit which doesn't require aging but we compost all chicken, turkey and pig manure. We also get goat manure when the neighbors clean out their barns and cow manure from the other neighbors barn. It all is appreciated and composted.
Another project for next week is finishing cleaning the turkey pen and making compost piles.
Do you collect and compost your grass clippings?
Blessings from The Holler