Steve, as an ecologist you may be interested in ecological aquaculture, or
not, just a thought
See web page www.ecological-aquaculture.co.uk
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From: "garden03048" <apdirusso@...>
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Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Anybody tried growing Basmati rice? Plus an
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> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Gage <sgage@t...> wrote:
>> Hi Faith,
>> I believe that part of the reason for flooding the paddies is that
>> hurts the weeds and pests more than the rice. Also, I believe there
>> some nitrogen connection as well - I think there's a kind of
>> bacteria/algae thing that gets going in the flooded paddy that does
>> N-fixation. Living in New Hampshire, USA, I've never tried growing
>> flooded or not :-)
>> I've been lurking here for quite a while, but this is my first
> post, so
>> I suppose I ought to introduce myself. I live in Central New
>> a place with a rather short growing season, so we are always
>> with various modes of "season extension". I am simple, so I just
>> coldframes to jumpstart things a bit. I tried the whole growlights
>> the basement thing, but that's just a bit too fussy for me at the
>> moment. I try as best I can to apply the attitude of M. Fukuoka to
>> garden, but as I'm sure we all know, what works in semi-tropical
>> doesn't necessarily work in Northern New England. However...
>> I am strictly organic - no chemicals whatsoever. I am no-till (once
>> are made), except the incidental soil disruption that comes with
>> transplanting. I have built raised beds, which I mulch heavily with
>> spent hay and whatever weeds I feel I have to pull, along with my
>> wastes. I trim dead plants off at ground level, leaving the roots
>> feed the soil and form channels. I keep very good track of what I
>> planted where and when, so I can rotate my crops intelligently. I
> have a
>> big draft horse (I use her mostly for logging my woodlot, and just
>> driving around for fun) that supplies all the manure that I and
>> neighbors can possibly use! Between the horse and my 4 sheep and
>> chickens, fertility inputs are no problem, and I always have waste
>> to use for mulch.
>> My main crops are garlic (just harvested yesterday - best crop
>> peas, lettuce, radishes, various beans, tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers,
>> zucchini, spinach, chard, kale, carrots, etc. Been doing it this
> way for
>> 12 years now, and results are excellent. I have fresh bush beans
>> mid-July to mid-September, and I freeze and pickle tons of 'em. I
>> lots of pinto and black beans, and I make lots of cucumber pickles.
>> put up loads of tomatoes, and I also make lots of pesto and
>> and freeze it - great flavors of Summer to pull out of the freezer
>> the middle of January up here!
>> My soil, which started out as a rocky, silty-sandy, almost-orange
>> glacial afterthought is now a foot deep of rich black, well, soil.
>> of worms and good things, and occasional bad actors - cutworms and
>> are my biggest pest problems. My garden is small enough that I can
>> pick slugs in the morning. I also pull the mulch way back from
>> young lettuces in the Spring, and that helps a lot. Sometimes
>> hornworms come into my garden (any day now?), and I need to get up
>> every morning to pick 'em. But they're easily beaten. Weeds are no
>> problem at all, what with all the mulch, and weeding is very casual.
>> I am an ecologist by training, so I love to just sit in my garden
> at the
>> end of the day with a beer and just enjoy all the life going on.
>> insect diversity is astonishing. I teach various ecology courses at
>> Granite State College, including a course called Sustainable
>> Many of my students have some vague idea about "organic gardening"
>> whatnot. They currently garden in the "spank it hard with a
>> and lay down the Miracle-Gro" mode, and seem to understand that
>> a less violent way. I always warn them that the conversion from
>> to organic gardening takes a year or three for a real ecosystem to
>> in and come to equilibrium. So, for folks just starting out, don't
>> one year's disaster as meaning that organic/no-till/Fukuoka methods
>> don't work.
>> Wow, I've been rambling! Anyway, I've really enjoyed reading all of
>> insights being shared on this list, and I hope I can contribute
>> something or other. Are there any other northern growers out there?
>> - Steve
> I garden in N. central Massachusetts. Not purely organic, but I
> seldom use insecticides or herbicides. The exceptions are spraying
> against the lily beetle and against poison ivy. There are limits to
> my tolerance.
> Has been a mostly good year for the garden, but my tomatoes are slow
> to ripen in spite of all the heat and humidity we have had. I didn't
> get to start them (from seed) till April. Do they need to be older
> to ripen?
> anthony zone 5
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