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15387Re: [fukuoka_farming] Handling mulch

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  • Raju Titus
    Jul 2, 2013
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      Dear friends,
      Please see this photo of Fukuoka farm
      https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cnzq8fjMfcD0l-e5FIk5LNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

      Raju

      On 7/2/13, Devan Carpenter <devanc@...> wrote:
      > Hello,
      >
      > If I understand correctly one of the reasons Fukuoka broadcast the seed 2
      > weeks before harvesting was so that they would have time to germinate and
      > become strong enough to break through the straw once it was layed out.
      >
      > I may be incorrect though, I am not speaking from experience, just from
      > reading.
      >
      > -Devan
      > On Jul 2, 2013 2:44 AM, "Nandan Palaparambil" <p_k_nandanan@...>
      > wrote:
      >
      >> **
      >>
      >>
      >> Hi Ruthie,
      >>
      >> I just checked the chapter 'Look at this grain' and it describes, '
      >>
      >> "The winter grain will be cut around 20th of May. About 2 weeks before
      >> the
      >> crop has fully matured, I broadcast rice seed over rye and barley. After
      >> the winter grain has been harvested and the grains threshed, I spread the
      >> rye and barley straw over the field"
      >>
      >> By the time, the rye and barley straw is spread, the rice would have
      >> already germinated. I think, the same happens with rice. So clearly it is
      >> not that the straw is decomposed, before the seeds germinate. Also in
      >> farming, it is difficult to make such conditions, since if there is
      >> sufficient moisture seeds will start germinating, whether straw is
      >> decomposed or not and if there is heavy straw on the top, they won't come
      >> out.
      >>
      >> Regards,
      >>
      >> Nandan
      >>
      >> ________________________________
      >> From: Ruthie Aquino <ruthieaquino1@...>
      >> To: fukuoka farming <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      >> Sent: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 3:36 AM
      >> Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Handling mulch
      >>
      >>
      >> Greetings Nandan,
      >> 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.
      >>
      >> RUTHIE
      >>
      >> 2013/7/1 Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...>
      >>
      >> > **
      >> >
      >> >
      >> > Hi,
      >> >
      >> > 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
      >> > seeds.
      >> >
      >> > I am wondering, how Fukuoka san could return all the straw back to the
      >> > field without affecting the germination of wheat/barley?
      >> >
      >> > Regards,
      >> > Nandan
      >> >
      >> >
      >> >
      >>
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