Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Did you dig into the foot of the pile, by any chance, and see how the wood/soil interface looked?
Any tips for getting the tagaste to germinate? I got some seeds and the ones I treated the way they recommended by boiling for a few seconds and then planting at the start of the rainy season didn't germinate for me.
See the trick is rainy season's vary in different climates. My rainy season starts during the hot season while some other climates the rainy season starts in the cold season.
Does anyone have info about what conditions the tagaste likes best for germination so I can avoid wasting the other packet of seeds? I think this time I might need to mechanically scarify the seeds.
Jennifer Smith "listenstohorses" wrote:
In case some are missing it, on the fake maple syrup thread they are talking about milo's ability to regrow a second crop.
I've used caragana for over 25 years and am still amazed at how well they go with chickens. They provide shade, shelter from overhead predators, need nearly zero care or water and provide three sources of food, flowers, seed and the falling leaves in autumn. Rocks piled around the trunks prevent the chickens digging up the roots.
My second recommendation would be comfrey. Planted in cages in the pen, or in a row around the outside, the chickens can self feed. Keep the center of the plants at least 8 inches farther from the fence than the chickens can stretch their neck through the wire.
forest gardener wrote:Most "fruiting" mulberry trees/shrubs sold are grafted to ensure a flavorful fruiting variety (exactly the same genetically as the parent).
You could dig up the free seedlings and use them as rootstock.
Here is the list I have come up with for plant to use for chicken feed- please add to it if you can!
PLANTS FOR SOWING IN ROTATION
Sunflower, amaranth, corn, millet, buckwheat, chickpea, sorghum, wheat, oats, barley, clover
TREES and SHRUBS
banana (chop up the stems),
Black Locust- Robinia
Honey locust (pods are high protien and tree is nitrogen fixing)
Siberian Pea Shrub- Carragana spp.
Mulberry (fruit is relatively high protien)
Saskatoon (Service berry)
Sea buck thorn
persimmon, pawpaw, feijoa, strawberry guava, tamarillo, custard apple,
GREENS and/or SEEDS
dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
plantain (Plantago spp.) (high in calcium for chickens)
New Zealand spinach syn. - Tetragonia tetragonoides,
brassicas (radishes, mustards),
clovers- Strawberry clover, Ladino Clover, White Dutch Clover, Red Strawberry Clover
chard, cabbage, kale,
spinach, lettuce, broccoli...in fact any of the green leafy vegetables.
Birdsfoot Broadleaf Trefoil,
dock (Rumex spp.)
climbing spinach- Ceylon Spinach
Comfrey (limited portion of diet- liver toxin)
borage (self-reseeds freely)
Wormwood (Artemesia absinthe)
rue (Ruta graveolens)
paul wheaton wrote:I would think that millet might be too small for full grown chickens - anybody tried feeding millet to chickens?
Kahty Chen wrote:
Our flock has a fairly decent supply of micro-critters to forage during winter months in our deep litter bedding in the coop. The coop's uninsulated, but is a good shelter, so the deep litter is a great habitat for little insects. I also recently let the poultry into a couple of garden beds that were covered in hay, I'm saving a couple more to let them in soon. A nice mid winter's treat.