5660Re: COVER CROP
- May 10 1:19 AMHello Steve,
Thank you for suggestions.
> If you put your seedlings in a row, they are prone to all sufferingI dont put seedlings in a row. I sow seed at random - here and there.
> from the same fate.
>If you put your seedlings in an area with no otherMy plot is full of so called 'weeds'. There was 1 area where I had dug
> growing plants, they will be targeted by pests. If you plant just
> you need, that's not sharing with nature.
> If you put your seedlings in a mixed growing environment with other
> plants they are partially hidden. If you grow many more than you
>need there will be some left for you.
due to pressure from a fellow plot holder. I regret doing that. And
that area doesnt have too many plants. Unfortunately in that area my
seedlings are thriving!
I'm not planting only what I need. I dont even count how many seeds I
sow. I sow a lot. For example I sowed probably 50 broadbeans seeds
here and there. Of them about 10 have come up and 3 are standing
today. The 3 are eaten up here and there. I am happy for the 3 yes but
it seems they are there only because they have not been found by the
>If you plant from seedballs they willWith seedballs I have had very poor result. Probably its not the right
> be protected until they get started.
clay I dont know. I picked up clay from a molehill along the tracks I
cycle thru. It seemed soft, natural & local. I had 1 spinach, a couple
lettuce from seedballs.
>If you plant into a standing cropWhen I sow a seed, I cut back on the grasses/'weeds' a bit & sow. If I
> and cut the crop after yours gets started they will take off from the
> increase in light and space. If you put the litter from that cut crop
> back over your plants as mulch they will be additionally protected.
was transplanting a seedling, I cut back and as you suggest put it
back as mulch to hide them and to save some moisture.
>Thank you for writing. I will keep experimenting.
> The trick is to plant the right plants at the right time following the
> right crop and cutting the overgrowth at the right time. Don't expect
> success every time and be prepared to have little success at first and
> more as you figure out what works for you. OK, this is hard when you
> have to wait a year between experiments and you are hoping to eat your
> plants after all that work.
> Fukuoka had a kitchen garden as well as the farming fields. I suspect
> he had the same problems.
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