4244Re: [fukuoka_farming] Disposing of Weeds - One Method
- Jul 7, 2004Hi Benjamin:
This is Vijay.
I like th idea and will experiment it. Thanks for your inputs.
It is so simple yet so far !
benonthenet <benonthenet@...> wrote:
When doing some initial weeding or digging out pernicious grasses,
you'll be left with a lot of plant material. How do you return them
to the earth without just creating a new weed problem?
Put the grasses or weeds in a watertight container (preferably one
with a lid) - I use a 30 gallon trash can. Fill the container with
water until it's enough to cover the weeds plus a few extra inches.
(You may need to push or weight them down to keep them below the
surface of the water.) Then...let them rot.
When the weeds have fully rotted, you can shovel them plant matter
onto the surface of the garden. The weeds are now a mush that will
feed the soil and make healthy plants without springing back to life.
The resultant liquid (may or may not be smelly - mine doesn't smell)
is also nutritious for the soil. Water the garden with it.
This works very well.
For those among us who compost: composting will not destroy
pernicious roots and weed seeds unless actively managed to maintain a
high temperature - a lot of work. Drown 'em and let 'em rot is easier
and kills them all without question.
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