We have ordered the following seed to improve our sheep pasture: birdsfoot trefoil, alfalfa, chicory, orchardgrass, and meadow fescue. Some of the areas we will be seeding are currently in fall rye. We will try to graze the rye closely then drill the forages. If we don’t have time to graze all those areas, we will go over them with a cultivator
, then drill. The other areas we will be seeding are unimproved pasture that we grazed very hard last fall, or will put our donkeys on very soon; they are very good at removing vegetation.
We have several questions we’d be grateful to have some feedback on. First, when would be the best time to plant? We assume it would be as soon as the ground is thawed enough that the seed drill’s furrow opener can cut it and dry enough the tractor won’t wreck the soil structure. Is that right?
Another question is about our particular seed drill. It is an old Allis Chalmers All-Crop. We have used the main seed box to sow rye, and that worked fairly well, but we’ve never used the grass-seed box. The hoses coming from it are obviously not original; somebody has replaced the originals with lengths of garden hose. Our question is, are they set up properly? The lower end, where the seed would come out, is several inches above the ground. Is that how theyr’e supposed to be, or should they be replaced with longer hoses to go into the metal tubes the larger, corrugated hoses are currently inserted into? Or some other configuration? (I tried to upload a photo of the drill, but apparently that isn’t going to work, for some reason.)
Finally, we’re not sure which seeds would go in which box. We think the trefoil, clover, and orchardgrass would go in the grass box, but aren’t so sure about the other seeds. Also, we think we would probably mix together all the seeds that go in the grass box, and pour them in the grass box, and mix together all the seeds that go in the grain box, and pour them in the grain box, then drill the whole lot at once, but we’ver never actually drilled more than one kind of seed at a time, so any guidance would be much appreciated.