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4427Re: [fukuoka_farming] to dig or not to dig

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  • francisco cotejo
    Aug 4, 2004
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      Dear Calin,

      I am living in the tropics and your contention that organic materials dissapear fast and does not leave humus behind may not be 100% true, particularly in places where there are plenty of vegetation, as tropical climate encourages growth of any vegetation. Of course, as long as site/soil conditions favor it.

      It maybe true in your place as your very scare vegetation can hardly produce organic materials. How about adding organic materials, i.e., grass clippings, sawdust, kitchen refuse, etc.?

      Or how about correcting first the acidity of your soil? Adding lime, wood/boiler ash, rock P, etc may help. Then broadcast seeds of any leguminous cover crops, shrubs or trees.


      "Calin A. Radulescu" <crandrei@...> wrote:

      how about in a place where there is no topsoil at all
      ? the spot i intend to garden is in the Florida
      Panhandle , the soil is read loam covered with a few
      inches of sand . there are pretty big longleaf pines
      growing naturally some smaller oak and saw palmetto,
      not too many weeds. this may be common to other sub-
      tropical areas where lots of heat and humidity make
      organic matter descompose fast but it doesn't stay
      in place as hummus. the acidity of the soil doesn't
      help much either. what would be the better way to
      go about this ?

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