When we moved to our homestead one of the first things that I wanted to do was plant grass. I had planted grass before, so I was sure that I could do it again. I prepared the area, planted the seeds, and watered it daily. Unfortunately that was not enough. I don’t exactly know all of the reasons why my grass was a failure, but it definitely was. Since then I have been growing whatever I could grow in this desert that we live in. We have also been working on putting up fences so that we could add more animals to our homestead.
This summer I decided that I wanted to see if I could grow wheat here. I learned that I could grow some wheat, but that I also had to contend with the wild rabbits who were more excited about my wheat than I was, and I was pretty excited.
To grow my wheat I covered my soaked wheat berries with straw to keep the ground from drying out. Because that was somewhat successful I wondered if I could do the same thing for my grass seed and have success. I figured that if I could just get my grass up and out of the ground then I would only have to cover the ground with straw once, and then I could maintain the grass. The biggest obstacle was just getting the grass to grow in the first place.
Fortunately after three weeks I started to see tiny blades of grass growing up. Success!
Now as I look around at my test area I know that I can get the grass to grow for a pasture. However I am pretty sure that I will have to concentrate on getting small areas up at a time.
The reason that I have to do small areas at a time is because I am limited by our solar power (which powers our well). I only have a few hours during the middle of the day where there is enough sun to set our sprinklers and water my grass seed. Because I have to water the grass daily until I can get it out of the ground, I have to limit myself to starting small sections of grass as a time.
Sometimes our monsoon season lasts for a few weeks where we live, and we get lots of rain in August and September. Unfortunately this is not always the case, but if we do get a few weeks of rain this fall then I might get a larger area done at one time. If, however, I put the seed out and it doesn’t rain then the ants, mice, and birds will surely escape with a lot of of the grass seed before it gets a chance to grow.
In the area that I have managed to get grass up I do have several spots where the grass didn’t come up, but I think that I can just reseed next year when what I have planted is well established.
What have I learned from all of this? Well basically I have learned what I keep learning. First to grow things out here I have to keep trying; I have to have patience; I have to keep learning; to be successful I can’t give up.