I’ve noticed that the grass is greenest…under my Dodge PowerWagon.
I think that the shade of the truck is helping keep water in the soil instead of evaporating.
This theory agrees with a permaculture principle known as “edges”. The idea is that you can find a greater number of plants on the edge of a meadow than in the middle of the meadow or in the forest. There’s a greater opportunity due to the different shade/light, water and nutrients.
I figured I would try to create some edges to speed the process of turning my land into pasture.
The tractor isn’t running, so I thought I would try a different approach. I’m using hog panels and trumpet creeper.
The plan is that the creeper will grow on the panel and provide shade.
I’ve put up a couple of these so far. I put a sprinkler on the T-post when I water.
I’ve seeded clover, alfalfa, a bunch of flowers and radishes around the panels.
Here are the results so far…
I’m excited to see how things turn out next spring.