Those years pass quickly don't they? This coming spring will be the
beginning of year 5 here for the vineyard, vegetable & perennial gardens. It
is just my wife and I so we keep it small and we do as much as possible
without polluting machinery. We have seen a nice change here as we cut the
weeds and pile them around the plants growing right in their area. We are
learning the importance of covering as much bare ground as possible with
leaves, weeds and grass clippings. We also don't pull the weeds but rather
shear them off (as Fukuoka recommends) so as not to disturb the lifeforms in
Also, we are seeing a great improvement as the ground cover expands over the
area. As the clovers,
Milfoil & Creeping Thyme go to seed I help them out by gathering the seeds
and broadcasting them over other needy areas. This way we are using the
native plants that are happy growing in this climate. More & more beneficial
insects are showing up each year.
I have made plenty of mistakes & am sure I will make plenty more but they
are becoming less frequent
as I learn. I feel that the only way not to make mistakes is to do nothing
at all and that would be a big mistake in itself. As Fukuoka said he made a
major mistake when he first took over his family's orchard
and being disillushioned with mankind after the war decided not to do
anything but to let it grow without
his interference. He himself said the bugs wiped it out in short order. He
learned from that experience.
Thank you for your comments Nandan, good hearing from you my friend.
Have a great day,
Dave in the Adirondack Mountains, US
On 11/18/09, Nandan Palaparambil <p_k_nandanan@...> wrote:
> This is absolutely right,it takes a number of years to make the land
> fertile. But typically what we see is the end result of years of hard work
> and nobody highlights initial struggle and failures.
> Here is a statement from Fukuoka san in One straw revolution - section
> Farming among weeds, last paragraph.
> "In making the transition to this kind of farming, some weeding, composting
> or pruning may be necessary at first, but these measures should be gradually
> reduced each year. Ultimately, it is not the growing technique, which is the
> most important factor, but rather the state of mind of the farmer."
> Some times I don't get why people can not admit failures and put the
> facts/figures right...state of mind of the farmer plays an important role
> --- On Wed, 11/18/09, David Douglas <earthworks2@...<earthworks2%40gmail.com>>
> From: David Douglas <earthworks2@... <earthworks2%40gmail.com>>
> Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: How does it compare?
> To: email@example.com <fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>
> Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 2:45 AM
> One thing I do recall reading from Fukuoka is that a natural farmer
> can expect several years of hard work in the beginning while the land is
> becoming healthy & is moving toward being self sustaining. He himself
> experienced this. However, ultimately his production equalled or surpassed
> scientific farmers in his region and his produce was in the highest demand
> for it's quality.
> It really is a joy to see the land come alive when treated with respect.
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