Friday, July 1, 2011
Coming from a place where grass grows in the spring rain of March and April and then goes golden brown for the long, hot, dry, summers (unless irrigated with imported water) I still find it amazing that it grows like crazy here. Acres and acres of the stuff! Big beautiful lawns and well kept yards are a source of local pride and regular mowing on PEI. You'll observe the Provincial flag even features trees and grass. I make note that the lawn tractor is missing from heraldry. Surely an oversight. But the flag does include the Royal Lion of England. So we welcome the Duke and Duchess, William and Kate, to our fair island this week! No doubt there will be a frenzy of mowing to prepare each and every venue for their visit. In fact, there should be a photo-op of the duchess riding a lawn tractor in shorts, a tank top and a big floppy hat.
Our two "hay burners" burned through last years hay harvest over the winter. And they are more than willing to go out on the grass every morning. They really don't care where the grass is, so we've taken to moving the electric fence every few days to where the grass is rich and then turn them loose to do what they do. Which is eat...and excrete. It's a lovely combination of feeding, mowing and fertilization in one step. And as I reported last time, the chickens too are doing their part in the war on grass, bugs and spreading fertilizer as they go. You can't beat mother nature for operating in a closed system.
it's picturesque as hell.