I’m reading The Grazing Revolution by Allan Savory and doing a bit of thinking about the grass here in our garden and how I can manage it using our goats. I want to think about keeping the grass short at the back especially since that where bush fires come in the dry season. Also important is keeping the grass down, and having lots of good grasses for flora and fauna. Here are some photos I took today (9th May 2015) to observe what state the grass is in now at the beginning of the dry season.
Grass that the goats have been on free range in their fence for 1 week. The grass was previously cut with a cutlass (the “longer”, ie c 1 foot tall) grass in the background is how long the dried grass was before the goats. After the goats were on it the length of the dried grass was at ground level. They were given groundnut leaves and food scraps to eat but I guess they nibbled at the dried grass too, since the grass that had no goats is longer.
Looking closely, the ground has a lot of bare patches with around a hand span space between each plant.
However, the grass that was cut with a scythe and hasn’t had the goats on it also has a hand span between plants, although it is harder to see due to fallen blades.
At the back of the garden, some grass has been cleared to prevent bush fires spreading near the house, and some grass remains long. According to Savoury, grass needs to be shortened in order to allow light in to the new growth, so ideally this should be cut/grazed before it dries – I’ll get the goats on the job next year.
However, it was also interesting to note that some old grass is growing from the top rather than the base. I saw some goats eating this new growth today.
The grass unchecked grows taller than me.
Lots more to read and learn, but this is the start!