Originally Posted by Beer can
Winter greens, I've grown more cabbage and kale this yr than we need. Cabbage in the store I've saw for sale after holidays at .28 cents a pound if you don't grow it. Cabbage is very high in nutrients/vitamins and stores for a long time. Same with pumpkins and squash, long term storage. I have mature kale, another bed half size, and started another bed a month ago, have heard it will survive winter freezing, first yr growing it so I'll find out how long the newer two beds do. Bought kale seed at $2 a ounce, seeds are tiny so I'm not out much.
Interesting to hear you can feed them sweet potatoes, I love them and just recently found out they will grow in our climate, adding them to our garden next yr.
Anybody have experience growing Mangles?
R.H Shumway's seed catalog has them and they say "equal in nutrition to grain for stock feed at half the cost" 2 foot long roots, half growing above surface 15 pounds each, $2.55 ounce, $8.50 1/4 pound. I would like to try them next yr especially if we get a couple pigs.
Mangels are great to. Just low in protein. I like to impale them on a nail in the houses. The birds will pick at them until they are gone. Another good deep winter food item.
They are easy to grow.
Here, we do not get a deep freeze. I can leave them in the ground until I am ready to use them. I do not have to store them away.
I like to use cabbage to. I like to grow winter greens, but for misc. reasons I will use cabbage heads. I will quarter them and impale them on the same nail. All of the houses have this nail. LOL.
The main reason that I like to consider these winter feeds is that I think there is something to food that is "alive". I use commercial rations. I am not able to grow a balanced ration practically. That is my base. I will purchase some bulk grain from the local farmers. I prefer oats, but will buy the others. I like to throw them whole grains every day, but just enough that they can quickly clean up. It is a training aid, and the whole grain has some oils that the bagged feed is short on. Soaked oats however, can make up a larger part of their diet. So I do cut the bagged feed with soaked oats.
Other than this, I like to just let them out and run, bringing cut greens to who cannot. In the darkest days of winter, that can be in short supply. Even though the bagged feeds contain "everything", they are better for the supplementation. Fresh greens and oils is what they are missing. There is something to be said for food that is alive.