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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re:Invitation to view Raju's Picasa Web Album - STRAW FARMING

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  • Raju Titus
    Dear Gibson, I am doing farming this way since last 25 years and not getting any problem as you mention. Thanks Raju ... [Non-text portions of this message
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      Dear Gibson,
      I am doing farming this way since last 25 years and not getting any problem
      as you mention.
      Thanks
      Raju

      On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 10:06 PM, Tom Gibson <camaspermaculture@...>wrote:

      >
      >
      > I generally agree with the concept here, but some of the statements aren't
      > really true in my experience.
      >
      > 1. Mice can easily find seed and it is easier for them to hide from
      > predators under straw. In fact, this could contribute to an explosive and
      > devastating population growth of mice under certain conditions.
      >
      > 2. Straw acts as a host and breeding ground for other kinds of vermin
      > like slugs and snails. That is why we have decided to host some chickens
      > and
      > ducks to help complete the cycle. Fukuoka also did this-let fowl run
      > through
      > the straw to provide nitrogen to break down the straw and clean up weeds
      > and
      > pests.
      >
      > 3. When first taking over new ground some tilling to break up the surface
      > and other hardened soil conditions can be very useful but after a few
      > seasons of returning all the organic matter to the soil surface this
      > becomes
      > unnecessary as long as you don't have certain pest problems that you don't
      > have some kind of help with. Chickens till the soil, turkeys till the soil
      > deeply, but this is a natural process. Chickens followed by turkeys can
      > clean almost anything out of the soil if left long enough to do a thorough
      > job.
      >
      > You can see what is going on in our food forest
      > and get more information about local food security at
      > <http://camaspermaculture.blogspot.com/> Camas Permaculture
      >
      > Tom Gibson
      >
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