Thanks for the link Larry. I've a passing interest in high density planting
since I noticed my sunflowers flourishing in stands of up to four. Anne had
planted four seeds in each hole and with good germination there were places
with 3 and 4 sunflowers per 4 inch square, I thought of thinning them but
being a complete and utter beginner I thought again and decided it would be
instructive to see how they fared across the summer. Considering they got to
2 metres and more without watering I was amazed. I started looking around
for similar natural high density stands and found many, I especially
remember sitting on the banks of the Aude river and seeing clumps of trees
in clumps of 5 or 6. Not saplings but large, mature trees. Obviously they
had all the water they wanted there, but it helped liberate me from the idea
of regular equalised plantings - or at least for certain plants. Does anyone
have more information on this high density companionality (is this a word?)
and species that favour such planting.
My only concern about planting fruit trees in such high densities is that
each tree will not be able to achieve full canopy development and thus
fruit quality. For the sunflowers such concerns weren't apparent as their
leafing is tight to their stems and as they grew they naturally fell away
from one another, minimising shade. But it can only be healthy to question
the accepted wisdom of conventional agriculture, an agriculture that has had
several millennia in which to evolve away from nature with ever greater
intervention and additions from humankind. There's just so much more for us
to discover, that's been forgotten or was perhaps never perceived in the
first place. If we accept Fukuoka's concerns about scientific agriculture
then it might be that instead of several thousand years of progress, these
years have been regressive. It is in light of this possibility that the work
we are each developing has its intrinsic worth.
----- Original Message -----
From: Larry Haftl <larry@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 1:45 AM
Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re:Waterless Gardening and other ideas
> At Tuesday, 01 October 2002, you wrote:
> >yes, i'm interested.
> The best source I found for info on dense planting of fruit trees
> was at the Dave Wilson Nursery page http://www.davewilson.com
> from the homepage click on "Resources for the home gardener"
> Then click on "Backyard Orchard Culture"
> that page has a bunch of info including a nice PDF format file that
> pretty much spells out the whole concept.
> Like I said, it's not very Fukuokaesque, but it seems to work.
> Larry Haftl
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