For several years we have been trying to figure out what to do with this field. We'd like to grow a large corn or alfalfa crop there, but haven't gotten around to it yet. We'd also like to put a cow out there, but haven't gotten around to that either. This year we tried something else. We only mowed 1/2 of it. Weird, but liberating! It saved time, energy and left a bunch of pretty flowers to look at.
We plan to rotate the mowed/unmowed sections every few weeks. This keeps the field manageable and productive, cuts way down on mowing time and the wildlife always has a place to grab a snack. We are also hoping that this will become a bee haven and help with pollinating our garden. So far our experiment is a success! Another side benefit, having all this grazing available to our hungry friends helps protect the garden from would-be visitors. Not bad for a field that is still waiting for it's real "job".
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