Saturday, May 25, 2019

Restoring a hay-meadow

In 2013 we  made a mistake and ploughed up our best hay-meadow to grow crops in. After four years of crops we pulled out of the field and left it fallow. Last year an attempt was made to cut the grass as fodder, but the field was too bumpy and ridged from the cropping to allow machinery to carry out the job. So this spring we have given the field a shallow rotovation, and rolled it three times to make it as level as possible. Now we are leaving it to regenerate from it's natural seedbank of grasses and wildflowers, and with some prudent cutting and maintenance we hope it will be back to it's best next year.
Four Acres waiting for a drop of rain.

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