15385Re: [fukuoka_farming] Handling mulch
- Jul 2, 2013True, tree saplings comes through mulch. But putting rice or finger millet by putting hole is back breaking and time consuming.
Moving some part of mulch to sideways is not a difficult problem for me, since
From: Sumant Joshi <sumant_jo@...>
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I think it also has to do with what you are planting. Thick mulch may not stop certain types of climbers or tree saplings. maybe if it is just single seeds, we could make a little hole and drop it there??
But Ruthie, I like the term "cruising speed" when describing Fukuoka's feilds
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> From: Ruthie Aquino <ruthieaquino1@...>
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>To answer your question I am guessing it is because the straw has enough
>time to rot a little before the seedlings are ready to sprout...
>Fukuoka threw the seedballs for the next crop just before harvesting his
>grain and putting back the straw. In my little experimental natural plot I
>noticed the seedballs I threw did not necessarily sprout when I expected
>them to, but skipped one planting season.
>I suppose Fukuoka showed a field at cruising speed already, and not a
>newly-created one like you and I and some other members here have.
>When I was little we were constantly reminded by our teachers, "If at first
>you don't succeed try and try again".
>Happy farming to all.
>2013/7/1 Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...>
>> Recently I am finding that some times, the mulch at the surface becomes
>> too thick and planting through it is difficult. If the mulch is too thick,
>> seeds does not push through it and number of plants per unit area becomes
>> small and it becomes a problem in uniformly establishing the crop.
>> Today I was cutting one area of the farm where I had grown cowpea in the
>> summer and now cowpea and grass are growing, after the rains. I wanted to
>> grow sunhemp and take up some grain crops in the next season, so I cut that
>> area using scythe. My scythe cutting is not perfect so it takes more time.
>> After cutting I found that mulch is too much and there is no way, sunhemp
>> seeds will come through it. So finally I moved most of the mulch to one
>> side and then put sunhemp seeds, still there was enough mulch to cover the
>> I am wondering, how Fukuoka san could return all the straw back to the
>> field without affecting the germination of wheat/barley?
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