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regularly flooded paddocks 16 Apr 2012 08:24 #31364

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Hi
what would you plant in paddocks that are regularly flooded?
I think it's not ideal to have sheep in there for grasing...they would have scald and footrot all the time in those watery muddy paddocks.
So i'm thinking about planting something (rice :D ) that would tolerate those conditions.

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regularly flooded paddocks 16 Apr 2012 13:32 #421506

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I have just fenced off one of my many swamps, even I havent been able to walk across it this summer.
I am just contemplating planting up and thinking of a combination of bird and bee attractants and maybe coppicing firewood as well.
What sort of things would you like to plant eg to provide fodder for your animals, an area for wild life, useful crops eg timber, a visual oasis??
and how big an area is it?
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regularly flooded paddocks 16 Apr 2012 14:44 #421521

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My first thought was rice too. Have you considered grazing Water Buffalo?
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regularly flooded paddocks 16 Apr 2012 21:03 #421573

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Some poplar and some willows make good fodder in the summertime. Toitoi but not pampas grass can be grazed by cattle, but rats use it as a nest. A few years ago, someone was helping farmers with a big enough area to set up watercress ponds, but this might need flowing water. Ditto daikin (??) Japanese horseradish
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regularly flooded paddocks 17 Apr 2012 07:31 #421597

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Timber sounds good but then it will shade the neighbours paddocks i guess?
what else could the paddocks be used for :confused:
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regularly flooded paddocks 17 Apr 2012 09:02 #421610

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If you are interested in firewood, but not blocking neighbours sun, then google coppicing. Its a way of growing timber where you keep it quite low by cutting down every third row every three years. new shoots sprout and in three years these also get cut down so the trees never get really huge
If you are interested there are a number of species that will work that can take the wet
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regularly flooded paddocks 18 Apr 2012 16:25 #421794

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thanks Muri, i'll have a look at this :)
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regularly flooded paddocks 22 Apr 2012 19:11 #422226

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First thing to look at is why are the paddocks regularly flooding? Is there anything you can do to slow the flooding down?

Depending on the cause of the flooding... have you thought of building flood levee banks?
Or is it a case of poor drainage that needs some work?
Could you form part of the paddock into a permanent dam or lake?

If you are experiencing any erosion problems from all the flooding... Vetiver grass is an amazing stabilizer because of its deep fibrous root system that goes over 5 metres depth. It takes a couple summers to get really established and is non-invasive.
http://www.vetivernurseries.co.nz/

American Cranberry? They love water. Suppliers: Edible Gardens, Incredible Edibles. Wairere.
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regularly flooded paddocks 24 Apr 2012 07:56 #422391

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Thanks Belle Bosse..the stream does not belong to our property and is the boundary of it. The proprietors of the surrounding paddocks do not really care about it..it just happens...
Long ago they dug it deeper but when the water comes it takes away all the banks and becomes wider..one day it will be a river.. :D
We cannot make higher banks (simply not affordable for us :( ) otherwise we would.
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