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Lunging to soften up a garden area for planting.

Discussion in 'Gardening With Animals' started by valley ranch, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Mar 12, 2017
    valley ranch

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    Lunging the neighbor's horse doesn't just soften the ground and churn it up, it also munches down all the dried whatever has grown up since the last planting. what ever isn't broken small enough and plowed under is raked up and burned and the ash churned in. The tire to the left is protecting a Garlic plant. That white clump is a Scare Crow the girls made it years ago, stuffed it with Angora Hair.
     

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    valley ranch

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    Can you see how the soil is loosened? Works for me. The ash from the burn is good for the soil.
     

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    valley ranch

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    This area is ready, just need a few loads of horse and cow mixed in. Soon it will be warm very warm here on the high desert. Plants grow differently here, they grow day and night, very like in Brisbane, Australia. Day & Night because~in a few day this area will be a hot house, if anything touches the earth and has moisture it will grow like in a science fiction movie.
     
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    Location plays a very important role for working horses to soften the soil ready for a garden. On our former ranch in N. Cal. Central Valley one would end up with an area that is paved with adobe bricks out of the Myers Clay soil. When that soil dries out , there are cracks up to 3/4" wide and the soil in between the cracks is hard as a rock. :hu one would need more than a few loads of horse and cow manure to grow a garden as well as a constant irrigation to keep the soil moist. Ask me how I know. :idunno
     
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    Not far from here is Fort Churchill, or the ruins of made of local clay. The earth where the horse is lurching has been worked, it was a funny soil~silty and clay, but where we've work it it's pretty good. , it's getting better as we talk. Today, daughter and I brought in a couple loads from the pile and I dug it in. One row is ready
     

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    You have different soil than I do. MY horses compact the soil.
     
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    valley ranch

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    I saw what happened when she was working a horse on the drive, that isn't paved,it was fluffed up like it had been plowed, hard to walk on. Wifey and daughter decided to do this, they saw it too, I'm guessing. This horse is from the same stable as her horse, same sire, but a Mareish darn thing, getting better, but
     
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    Quote ducks4you : You have different soil than I do. MY horses compact the soil.

    Our horses do the same, compact the earth, in their corrals, because they're walking, but when lunging the churn the soil, makes a difference.
     
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    Well that's one way to break up the garden! LOL
     
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