Originally Posted by Lacy Blues
I was just looking at your pictures. Are your chickens walking through salt grass? Your other picture with the ponds in it, looks pretty lush. I imagine that dandelions would have a field day out there.
I have never heard of salt grass before but after searching for it I am pretty sure this isn't it. These are fallow rice fields. When I bought this place it was during the rainy season and there was a lot of rice growing with some grass here and there. After the standing water subsided they grass popped up and the rice stalks dried up.
I have covered part of the rice fields with fill dirt which consists mostly of clay. On that I have planted sun hemp and Jack beans that I am cutting as they flower to put plant material and nitrogen into the clay soil. I am also growing white corn on part of this field which i plan to expand after i get the nitrogen fixed in the soil.
The rest of the rice fields I am just letting the grass grow. I am trying to get the chickens to eat the grass and poop in the fields to get the nitrogen from their poop into the soil. When the rainy season comes again I will have the grass and rice plowed under to add plant material to the soil. At that time I will sow some sun hemp and allow it to grow with any rice that sprouts up as the fields get flooded. The sun hemp seems to grow the best where the water pools so I am hoping that it will still grow in flooded fields.
The dandelions would be helpful I think to break up the clay, add plant matter to the soil and provide fodder for the chickens.