Jim Fry wrote:We use our similar area for pasture. Regulate how tall the grasses get by the number of animals you have, and by field rotation. We have La Mancha goats (because they are a rare breed here and give excellent milk) Jacobs sheep (also rare and supply good wool and meat) and we have Jersey milk cows for milk. They all do well in the area. We get some foot prints/divots, but its never been a problem because of slope and drainage.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Taking into consideration your concerns and then looking at the actual local I would recommend using that space for a wildlife feed plot.
Planting crimson clover, alfalfa, brassicas, vetch, seven top turnip, etc. will give a high quality forage space for deer, turkey, rabbit, quail and most other game animals.
If you also planted some corn, beans and squashes you would have an excellent game animal attractor space which could allow you food as well as simply providing the wild life a wonderful space to use.
Do not plant red clover, it is quite a hazard for large animals like deer since it acts as a poison to them.
Sweet Yellow, Crimson, Dutch White are great clovers to use in a feed plot or a pasture.
As long as you make regular additions of biologicals to your septic system (every other month or even every month) then you will not have to worry about pathogens rising through the system, they will be eaten.
We use "Ridex" along with additions to the leach field of fungi slurries which include oyster mushroom hyphae that feed on some wood chips I've laid down over the entire leach field.
Travis Johnson wrote:I would graze it. keep in mind the affluent from your household is going down and not up due to gravity. I would stay away from alfalfa as a crop of any type however as they put down a 20 foot tap root, and that includes my farm where ledge rock is everywhere. If it can drive its root into cracks in ledge, it will really find those tiny holes in your leach field pipes.
I will say this...holy smolies on size. I complained to the soil engineer on mine and it was 15 foot by 20.