Originally Posted by Leahs Mom
So I have some questions.
Can someone comment on your experience with chickweed? I know my chickens love it...would it even be possible to seed an area that is grass/clover just by scattering seed on the ground and making a decent mix? How would that affect what is already there? Would it be wise or stupid?
Also considering somehow planting an area of wildflowers of some type for bee forage. Any thoughts on how to accomplish that? To avoid till, do I just scatter seed on top? What kinds of forage would you encourage for bees?
I'm not on a big farm, but will have about 6 acres to work with after the division (have 12 now but shortly only 6). I currently have nothing but chickens. Will likely have a hive or 2 at some point. Have considered grazing for meat - maybe only 2 cattle on that pasture. Maybe a couple boer goats to clean up the woods overgrowth then process for meat.
So... any thoughts would be appreciated! I'm in Northern Indiana...
Unfortunately we're not too far from a Monsanto test farm. Most the time we're upwind which is at least a consolation.
I don't have a lot of experience with chickweed, so I'm not sure... But I looked it up
It sounds like it prefers to grow in lawns lol, so if grass and clover is what you want to seed it into, that would work perfect. I would scarify the grass in spring, rake it really good and thin it a wee bit. Then sscatter the seed in the already established grass and water in. The grass will hold the seed still so it doesn't wash away and protect the seedlings until they can get established.
Chickens are horrible grazers though, IMO ha-ha... They will crave something and scratch it to oblivion one week, then the next week they won't touch it. It depends on their needs, taste buds, and point of growth of the plant...
What kind if soil do you have to work with? Sandy, clay, loamy...alkaline, etc... Sometimes the weeds that are flourishing can tell you what ails your soil, or what kind of nutrient profile is there for plants to feed on, so letting us know what weeds dominate can narrow the soil type down
Bee garden, absolutely! I have butterfly beds, bee beds... The more flowers to call beneficials, the better, and pretty much ALL herbs or flowers have some sort of medicinal or nutrient that benefits both animals and people
Borage is a HUGE bee magnet. Bees all over, and the flowers are edible and great vitamin punch; my chooks don't touch them, so they're good for something they wouldn't eat that can stay healthy for the bees... Gallardia is another good one, as well as lazy susans and echinacea.. Bee balm, anise, and even cilantro self seed readily, and comfrey, nettles, dill, and wormwood are all great bee/beneficial/medicinal herbs that grow rampant around here.
I literally just toss seed where I want them, and water every day until I see seedlings, and then I never put down seeds again. If they grow, great. If not, ok whatever
most times they grow, set seed, and migrate to where THEY want to be rather than where I want them, but sometimes they're a wee bit smarter than we are about selecting the right soil for the right plants Edited by shortgrass - 11/23/15 at 8:38pm