Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Clover

The grass is always greener…

…when you add cover crops!  And for the first time that’s what we’ve done. Son-in-law Curt Humphreys and Coop manager Glenn Covington reviewed the results of the project this weekend…and pronounced themselves satisfied.  Grandson Church had started the plan with Glen but he’s now off at Cornell Veterinary School. If you enlarge the picture you […]

Upgrading some pastures…

…and using a no-till drill. In addition to clover, which we often spread, this year we’re mixing in perennial rye, cereal rye, turnips, radishes and cow peas. We’re doing several pastures hoping to extend the natural grazing season.  Not only should it mean extra nourishment for mama and calf in the winter slump but some […]

Ahead of the storm…

…Church is seeding clover just ahead of our most recent snow storm. For our “civilian” readers, the clover serves several important purposes: It provides additional forage during the summer slump in the grass growing season. It counter-balances the toxic effect of the endophyte which is more prevalent in fescue in the summer. And it fixes […]