As I work even harder to feed my animals without buying feed in plastic bags the sprouting gets more and more important. As we know plastic is not going anywhere but into the piles and landfills in our respective countries. It is quite simply piling up. Landfill is stupid word. What happened to rubbish dump or garbage dump. Whatever the semantics it is one problem we ALL can make an impact in. We can be powerful in managing our plastic output. For me – taking on the feed bag problem is huge. Buying in bulk is key.
My biggest work lately is trying to find a few growers to grow local GM free and transitional grains and then find the pig and chicken farmers to buy these locally grown grains in bulk. Finding a market for the grain will encourage the growers to grow the good stuff. I am creating a registry if you like. I have a few farmers who can grind up their grain, but for me I sprout them. I sprout just about anything I can find. Mostly corn, oats, barley and sunflower seeds. The animals need variety too.
Above are my usual sprout containers under the weeping mulberry tree. Under another tree I am beginning to sprout in old buckets that have got holes or splits in them due to age or being stood on by a cow. (There are many ways to put a hole in a bucket – throwing them at a dog is another way!). These buckets last forever even with holes in them, and holey ones are good for sprouts and tree watering.
I wash the sprouts under the trees. That way the trees (another resource we must husband) get the run-off water for that day.
And the sprouts are so, so much better for the animals growth and health.
And when I buy in bulk I know exactly what my animals are eating.
Tane has the biggest mouth!
Mr Flowers has dropped all the feathers from his tail – just a few more to go. This is the late summer part of his feather cycle and only takes a few weeks. I collected as many as I found and they are all waiting to go into the peacock feather wreath that is on my wall. Soon we will see little peeks of his new and even longer feathers growing in.
More clouds came in late in the afternoon yesterday and we had a good drop of rain in the evening. I need to unearth the rain gauge from the little raised bed garden that has become overgrown with weeds. But it felt like about half an inch. And it is still so humid I think I will definitely get a fourth cut on my hay – later in the month if the weather cooperates.
I have more Airbnb guests coming today so I had better get a wriggle on.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Overcast and humid. Maybe more rain and a bit cooler which will be nice.
Thursday 09/06 80% / 0.46 in
Light rain early…then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. Much cooler. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Thursday Night 09/06 20% / 0 in
Cloudy. Low 64F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
6:24 AM 7:17 PM
Waning Crescent, 15% visible 2:29 AM 5:28 PM