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  • Joined May 2016
What to grow in the pig pen
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:03:21 am »
Hi all!
Pigs have moved for the winter from the pen into the freezer
I wondered if the empty pen would be suitable for growing stuff over the winter into spring?  Clueless but have grown a few carrots in the past  :thumbsup:


  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Just when I thought I'd settled down...!
Re: What to grow in the pig pen
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 11:48:49 am »
First concern is that the dung will be too fresh really, but that depends how thinly it is spread :D

You could see if any garden centres still have small brassica plants for sale; garlic; broad beans... a lot of winter stuff should be already in the ground.
General winter salad greenery could work too.


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Re: What to grow in the pig pen
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2016, 12:32:46 pm »
what about fodderbeet/turnips? They fix nitrogen back into the soil and also provide excellent feed for any animal :)
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  • Joined Dec 2016
Re: What to grow in the pig pen
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2017, 10:08:18 pm »
I put down a green manure after pigs, something that fixes nitrogen and attracts bees trefoil is good, then I dig it in and grow veg the third year. I'm a bit paranoid about parasites and have enough space for a three year rotation.


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