10773Re: Natural Farming Center of Greece
- Jun 7, 2010Dear Dimitris,
All that you are writing is very interesting.
My name is Pietro, and I have a bit of land (half an hectare) in Portugal, where I would like to plant using fukuoka's method. I am already doing some tests with some seed balls made with a Cement mixer. I am right now in Italy, and will come to Greece this summer in July. I have a workshop in July in Crete starting from the 5th (I might need to be there from the 4th). Maybe I could come to Greece a few days before and visit the community. Would that be possible? In case what should I do to make sure I am welcome there?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dimitris <shinos@...> wrote:
> Hi Vargan, you can find many of Fukuoka's books online in English. Our
> website also has an English version where you can find some info.
> naturalfarming.eu It is the web site for Panos Manikis natural farming
> center in Greece.
> Panos has planted most things on his farm with seed balls. He has also
> planted trees directly as well, but he has mainly used seedballs to
> plant what he has on his farm. The trees, will do fine growing together
> with grasses and other plants. They actually help the trees in the
> first few years, as they protect them from the sun and the cold and they
> accumulate moisture from which they get watered. When you plant with
> seed balls, you have to cut the grass in place after, so that the new
> plants can have a chance to compete with the already established plants.
> In our reforestation projects, we mix seeds from forest trees with
> grasses, bushes and other plants. We sometimes use a mixture of 30-40
> different seeds in our seed balls. That way we create diversity and we
> allow nature to choose what grows where. The trees usually take about a
> year before they spring. Meanwhile various grasses, bushes and other
> plants have already come up to stop any erosion and to cover the barren
> land. By the time the trees come out, they are surrounded by grasses
> that hide them initially from the hot sun and the cold. Trees take
> about three years to get established, so the grasses protect them from
> extreme climates until their roots grow enough to be self sufficient.
> Now I don't know what kind of grasses you have in the land you are
> talking about. Some grasses are very invasive so if you want to minimize
> them, you have to cut the grasses 2-3 times during the year before you
> sow seedballs, to weaken them. It all depends on what kind of grasses
> they are. If they are wild burley or things like that, they are not a
> problem. You can just sow the seed balls and then cut the grass in
> place and they will do fine.
> You may want to read some of Fukuoka's books if you haven't already, to
> understand the philosophy behind the idea of seedballs. There is an
> excellent e-library where you can get many of his books for a small
> donation fee. You can also get them for free if you can't afford it,
> but the guy has spent hours and hours putting this amazing library
> together and would help with the cost. Check it out, it has an amazing
> wealth of information from books that are not even in print anymore.
> Anything from farming to health. I would recommend it to anyone.
> http://www.soilandhealth.org/ (This is a free public library offering
> full-texts of books on alternative agriculture, holistic health,
> longevity, self-sufficient living, personal and spiritual development)
> Hope this helps a little.
> Vargan wrote:
> > Hi, Dimitris!
> > Very interesting. I saw videos about Panos Manikis's garden at
> > youtube.com, and was looking any information about him and his work in
> > English, because I do not speak Greek.
> > Was those exellent garden at the videos planted with seed balls only???
> > I live at the Urals in Rusia. We have enough of rain water in the
> > summer and all waste lands are occupied with grasses. How does the
> > seed balls method work if you throw seed balls in the dense grass? I
> > saw panos Will the fruit tree seed srvive in competition with the grass?
> > I'll appreciate any other information about this technology and
> > philosophy in English.
> > Regards,
> > Vargan,
> > the Urals, Rusia
> > _,___
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