The first mowing happened this weekend. Now, normally, this would take place about 3 weeks ago, when the grass first “needed” it, but life has a way of getting in the way of what will be an 8-hour tractor ride.
I have always thought about taking a horticultural census of our fields. How many things really do grow here? And how many different types of grass are there, especially. I believe Gene Logsdon took a census of his fields in one of his books (and I don’t have any on hand here at work) but the tale told there in his Ohio lands would be similar to what we find here. These are but a few of the “known” things, and what is interesting is none are natives. The pictures are of dandelion, creeping phlox and ajuga. They’re pretty much everywhere on our land.
The first mowing brings quite a great bounty to the cultivated areas here. The clippings are now covering every bed (save the seed beds), and they hug the base of every fruit tree and vine. Clippings are also a great boon to chilly compost heaps as that fast blast of nitrogenous decay really heats things up in them. And clippings are also great as the “lazy woman’s compost,” as I leave some in a heap for the chickens to tear through on one of their parole outings. In two years, it’s as good a compost as my rhythmically turned heaps.
Ah. I am not sure how much mowing we’ll be doing this year. I am convinced, though, that it is for the better: of our pocketbooks, certainly, especially if gasoline does hit $4/gal. as is predicted this summer; of the growing things themselves, and also better for those sheep we are buying.