I am thrilled that Zookeeper brought up nasturtiums. We have a garden full of them right now and weren't sure if the pigs could eat them or not. I will give it a try to see what they think. I think they are too spicy and only eat a little at a time.
In my garden I have Rhubarb (which I think is not good for Pigs right?) Green Pepper, Cucumber, scallions and Watermellon. Yum. I just got my first pepper and scallions today!
Oh and I also have mint and clover with the little white flowers in my yard. Is that alright for the boys? I don't generally let them eat things in the yard. i have too many bad plants like thistle and such.
Rhubab is OK, just not the leaves. I'd probably only give small pieces as an occasional treat. Green pepper is fine as are cucumber and watermelon -- they love the rinds. No scallions.
Clover's OK, but only as a treat. It has a lot of calcium in it which can cause bladder stones. My pigs love it. I keep trying to convince my guys that mint is lovely, but they won't eat it. I think it's too spicy for them.
Parsley (curly and flat)
I plan to do more next year. The pigs mainly get the lettuce and sweetcorn husks/silks. They only get small amounts of the others. I am proud to say that I have only bought one lettuce this summer!
I would advocate keeping a compost bin/heap. Not only do I throw the left over hay stalks and poops on, I throw all of the kitchen peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, paper and thin cardboard too. If the pigs leave anything (sometimes they leave the skeletons of romaine leaves, for example) they go straight to the compost.
Absolutly nothing goes to waste here. I love the fact that the pigs are part of uber-recycling!
- Contributor in 2014
I also grow wheat grass, oat grass, parsley, mixed lettuces and corn. I don't give them any corn, only the husks.