|bucket of treats|
What some homesteaders may not realize is that sheep can be quite helpful in the composting side of harvest season. Here are a few simple hints that can not only clean out the garden of dead and dying foliage, but also makes for happy, healthy sheep.
1. Sheep love apples. Rough chop all the windfalls, throw in the scraps from canning sauce, and toss the whole bucketful on the ground. A perfect sweet treat!
2. Sheep love beans. Toss in the whole plant. They will eat all the beans first and then nibble the leaves off the vines.
3. Sheep love pumpkins. Smash them into large chunks so they can eat out the guts. Do the same with any old squash you may have left over. As an added bonus, the seeds are a natural dewormer.
I've found that sheep also enjoy whole peanuts in the shell and tortilla chips, but since they didn't grow so well in my garden this year, I don't have any to dispose of. And on a slightly related topic, sheep will not eat asparagus. Nor will chickens. Or horses. Or beef cows, for that matter. Makes me wonder why we're eating it?
|Mammy cautiously taking an apple slice.|
In any case, this is the last chance to feed off something fresh before the long, cold season of Nothing-But-Hay is upon us. So when you're doing your harvesting, don't forget your barnyard animals!