Make the Perfect Garden with Pigs
By Candi Johns
Whether you want to expand your garden or just make your current garden more successful — pigs can help!
My garden is wonderful. It is fruitful. It grows bushels of food, but the space is limited. If I want to expand my gardening efforts to include corn, pumpkins, cantaloupes, watermelons and other space eaters I need more garden real estate.
Pigs are the answer.
Pigs can be your best gardening friends. They will root, eat, till, fertilize and prepare your soil for a can’t-miss gardening season.
We happen to live on a beautiful (wooded) farm in Kentucky. I don’t know if you can call it a farm since it’s 95% woods. We do raise cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits and a garden, so I’m going to call it a farm.
Since our land is mostly woods we had to clear out a bit in order to expand the garden. Pigs are good, but I don’t think they are a match for a 40 foot tree.
To begin, DH (that’s my man) and I cleared the area of trees with some chainsaws.
Here is the target. When I snapped this photo DH had already gone in with Larry (more on Larry in a minute) and taken down some trees …
The goal is to turn this area of woods into a garden. I’m exhausted already!
Time to get Larry.
This is Larry. He came to the pawnshop with his name. More on the Pawnshop here.
DH got me my own chainsaw. He taught me how to use it. I can even start it without help … sometimes.
Have you ever used a chainsaw? If not, you should … There’s something that changes inside a person when they are handed a live chainsaw. Something awesome.
We sawed, we chopped, we stacked enough wood behind the barn to keep our house warm for the next 10 years. All the rotten, prickly, or unusable brush we threw into a pile and burned.
This is what is left. The weeds need to go. The roots need to go. The grass needs to go. The briers need to go. The ground needs to be tilled. The soil needs to be fertilized.
You could spend hours of time or hundreds of dollars … or you could put pigs on it. Weeds, roots, grass, briers – gone.
Ground tilled. Soil fertilized. All done.
Here’s a picture of pig-wonderland. It’s HUGE. I can’t even get a picture of the whole thing. They have so much space to play, root and wallow in.
We needed to relocate the pigs to a larger pasture anyhow, so this was the perfect solution.
The pigs think they have arrived at Disney Land. They are having a big time.
If you are gazing at the flimsy, temporary, orange construction fencing, wondering how on earth something that weak could possibly hold in 8 pigs … wonder no more.
This little electric number is what is holding the piggies in.
The yellow and black wires are what’s know as pain. When the piggies (accidentally or otherwise) run into the wire it says in a not-so-gentle way, “Get back pig!”
I told DH it wouldn’t work.I told him all my wittle piggies would be gone by Sunday. I told him he was going to have to buy me 8 more pigs.
The pigs didn’t run away. They are still in Pig-Wonderland.
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