The grass out in Sleepy Hollow paddock is better than other places on the farm. It grows early in Spring, it recovers faster than any other paddock and it has a good variety of species. Like this ryegrass.
And this, uh, grass.
This Timothy-like grass that could be Timothy but could be Foxtail. I need to read up on how to identify a Timothy.
Plantain. The cows like this one. Newman Turner agrees.
But what’s underneath? A rotational cycle ago the herd was here and I dug under the grass in the wormvana post. This time it was a little harder to get to the soil.
The paddock has had seven weeks of growth since the cows were last here. Under the new grass you can see the yellow stems that were trodden in last time.
Here the grass is pushed aside and underneath there are a lot of brown stems. It is wetter down there than up above.
If you keep ripping through the stems you get to this layer, where the decaying vegetation feels like soil. The spring worm casings are less visible now and seem to have broken down in this layer. This is new soil forming.
Sleepy Hollow produces so much material now that each time the cows go through they tread a huge amount of grass on top of the existing soil.
The cows approve. Here they are waiting for me to let them at that grass.
As a musical finale, while futzing with the lines to the cow water bowl today a voice came over the walkie-talkie of the Agricultrix singing Ireland’s entry into the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, a song about water lines! I guess those Jedward guys are farmers too.