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8533Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Gajin Tokuno / wood ashes

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  • La Clarine Farm
    Dec 31, 2008
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      Harvest, some claim that ashes will dry out a soil. Do you have any
      feeling that this occurs?

      -Hank

      Harvest McCampbell wrote:
      >
      > We heat with wood and I use the ashes in the garden, lots of them . .
      > . But we live in a high rainfall area where the soils tend to be a
      > bit on the acidic side.
      >
      > In low rainfall areas, especially if the soil tends towards alkaline,
      > the ashes can be problematic if not used sparingly . . .
      >
      > Ashes actually are high in calcium, which soils in high rainfall areas
      > tend to be low in . . . They are low in nitrogen and sulfur, but
      > otherwise provide all the minerals plants need. However, these
      > minerals have been changed into an inorganic form, so it is very
      > useful to also add plenty of organic matter.
      >
      > The areas that I have been using plenty of ashes and mulch, the soil
      > has a beautiful crumbly texture . . . My greens and garlic love it,
      > and nothing at all seems to complain . . .
      >
      > Harvest
      > http://harvestsgardeningsecrets.blogspot.com/
      > <http://harvestsgardeningsecrets.blogspot.com/>
      >
      > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>, Michael Meredith
      > <meredith848@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Wood ashes are good, but the charcoal is probably better.
      > > Michael
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > ________________________________
      > > From: Dieter Brand <brand.dieter@...>
      > > To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:25:42 AM
      > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Gajin Tokuno
      > >
      > >
      > > Bob,
      > >
      > > Why would a natural farmer not use wood ashes?
      > >
      > > Dieter
      > >
      > > On 12/31/08, Michael Meredith <meredith848@ yahoo.com> wrote:
      > > > OK< so who's doing azomite, charcoal , and sonic bloom in their
      > weed garden
      > > > but me?
      > > > Michael
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > ____________ _________ _________ __
      > > > From: Robert Monie <bobm20001@yahoo. com>
      > > > To: fukuoka_farming@ yahoogroups. com
      > > > Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:30:01 PM
      > > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Gajin Tokuno
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Hi,
      > > >
      > > > Tokuno's "Let Nature Do the Growing' is available used on
      > abebooks.com for
      > > > about $5.95, if you want a copy. He was a splendid illustrator and
      > his book
      > > > (if you can get past the sometimes obscure translation of the
      > plant names)
      > > > is a great introduction to Asian vegetables for westerners not
      > familiar with
      > > > their appearance or how to grow them.
      > > >
      > > > But he was not a natural farmer or a forest gardener. He used
      > wood ash and
      > > > other ashes as fertilizer.
      > > >
      > > > Bob Monie
      > > > New Orleans, La 70119
      > > > Zone 8
      > > >
      > > > --- On Mon, 12/29/08, Dieter Brand <brand.dieter@ gmail.com> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > From: Dieter Brand <brand.dieter@ gmail.com>
      > > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Gajin Tokuno
      > > > To: fukuoka_farming@ yahoogroups. com
      > > > Date: Monday, December 29, 2008, 3:36 AM
      > > >
      > > > Hank,
      > > >
      > > > I have heard about the author but I didn't read any of his books.
      > > > Tokuno used to be an illustrator and author of children books. He
      > > > even received a Manga award, if I remember correctly. In the 80s, he
      > > > started writing gardening books on "how to grow vegetables without
      > > > chemicals." His main interest appears to be "companion planting" and
      > > > "growing vegetables in small spaces." He is the author of numerous
      > > > books in Japanese and is generally associated with the broad spectrum
      > > > of Natural Farming in Japan.
      > > >
      > > > Dieter Brand
      > > > Portugal
      > > >
      > > > On 12/28/08, La Clarine Farm <laclarinefarm@ att.net> wrote:
      > > >> Does anybody have any experiences with author Gajin Tokuno (wrote
      > a book
      > > >> called "Let Nature Do The Growing")? Any opinions?
      > > >>
      > > >> Thanks,
      > > >>
      > > >> Hank
      > > >>
      > > >
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