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Fernglade Farm
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Cherokee, Victoria, AU
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Cherokee, AU

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Posted by Chris McLeod over 9 years ago

Yeah, the farm here is still in the depths of winter, with even a brief snow shower last week. This week I'm writing about the recent activities on the farm and also the water systems here.

Winter weather conditions remain sub-optimal for wombats

 – which roughly translates into continuing wet weather with even a brief snow shower.

That doesn’t mean that work stops at the farm here, even if the excavations for the new water tanks have had to be abandoned for the time being.

In the past few days the chicken enclosure had about 0.5 cubic metre (17.6 cubic feet) of deep litter removed. This material was then spread about the orchard. After that material was spread, a similar amount of clean composted woody mulch was placed into the chicken enclosure for the chooks to scratch around in.

For those that know their soil stuff: composted woody mulch is high in carbon; and chicken manure is very high in nitrogen and phosphate. Add the two materials together, get the chickens to turn it over for a few weeks and you have a soil that you could grow almost anything in. The added benefit to this system is that any grains that were uneaten by the chickens produce edible sprouts both before and after removal from the chicken enclosure. Wheat, Oats and Lucerne can turn up growing in the most unexpected locations in the orchard!

For the rest of the blog entry visit: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/

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Alexia Amber
Alexia Amber : I was impressed to see the careful care given to the chicken coop and the use of chicken manure and grass residue to create soil in which almost anything can be grown.
Posted about 1 month ago

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