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Sheep for sale!

May 3, 2014

Dokmai Garden has decided to sell the sheep after a seven months experiment. The sheep are perfect in a pen with grass, but wandering about in the precious botanical garden they cause a lot of trouble:

They uproot aluminium signs and bend them, 1200 Baht a piece. It seems green grass is their least preferred feed and so they rather focus on shoots, banana leaves, garbage and chicken feed. They have twice attacked the mirror image of themselves in the glass door of the shop with 15000 Baht in repair costs. The jew Bebe makes loud noises at night irritating the gardeners.

We reject the academic view that sheep are mainly grazers. These sheep are pronounced foragers.

While the mowing problem remains (pollution, costs, time and noise) we have decided to sell the sheep. Anyone with a pen or the intention of breeding sheep is most welcome to give the sheep a home before they turn into meat. Two rams (1 and 2 years old) and one ewe (5 years) remain. If you are interested in buying the flock, kindly leave a message below.

Knight and lion.Svaneholm

Sometimes a simple solution is not all that simple. Maybe the archaic scythe is the solution to the mowing problem? More contemplation is needed….

7 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    May 3, 2014 5:37 PM

    We crossed swords about the scythe before. I really don’t think that this is something you can stick in somebody’s hands and expect him to be able to use it just because it is an ancient tool. You need about a month’s experience before you learn what is good and bad about the ways of using it, how to bang out the edge (peening) what makes a good scythe and what is almost unusable,You also need a peening hammer and a peening anvil, peening is a skill in itself. Many people try to use it like a hoe. I inherited a horrible cheap scythe, probably imported from Sweden, and I wouldn’t use it to cut nettles.

  2. May 4, 2014 8:59 AM

    Victoria in the South East of the Australian continent has a great sweep of land stretching from Melbourne all the way to the South Australian state border known as the basalt plains resulting from volcanic activity over the past 3 milion years. The land was covered with grasslands of Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) which also grows in Thailand and East Africa, and grassy woodlands. On this country the Aboriginal people formerly had a good living with the starchy root of the Yam Daisy (Microseris lanceolata) as a staple item in their diet. When the white squatters came with their sheep to freely roam the plains however, the story goes that within two years the Yam Daisy was practically extinct from a huge area where they once had been abundant. The sheep had sniffed them out and eaten the tubers.

  3. May 4, 2014 9:03 AM

    So rather than employ an inexpert sythesman why not try bringing in wallabys or kangaroos?

  4. June 25, 2014 1:00 PM

    I suppose the sheep are chops by now??? Not sure how I would get them to Luang Prabang………..

    • July 1, 2014 7:24 PM

      Sorry, yes they are gone. The gardeners are very happy, now they can grow vegetables without fighting.

      Cheers, Kate and Eric

  5. Derek permalink
    January 23, 2017 7:01 AM

    I wonder if I explained my method for developing a tropical no-mow ground cover to replace grassland during my visit in 2010. Arachis pintoi and some smaller Desmodiums with 100% coverage are the ultimate goal, but getting them there requires some planning.

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