Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: eradicating imperata cylindrica (cogon grass)
- Thanks a ton Norm. We have about two acres and
This grass is on much of it. The land owner decided to
Build a sifter and is nearly done with it. So we are
double digging to remove as much of the roots as we
can. But we can't get it all so we will have to try the
longer term, more patient solution as well.
I'm talking about this with the owner of the land. Again
thanks for everything.
On Apr 10, 2011, at 3:55, "greenie6666" <normbeee@...> wrote:
> Yes you can even cut it from other areas & use as mulch in your garden, when it gets old it doesn't break down too fast so is a good mulch. When I first came to my farm it was everywhere, but now it's a rare plant. Other people used to complain about it & say that it & bracken fern weren't any good or of any use & would burn it, if the plant is burnt where it is, it loves it & straight away flowers & goes to seed. If you cut it & burn it it's a total waste really, except for the ash it provides. In larger areas if you can afford the fencing, you can use an animal to eat it, as they will do when fed is short, but once it comes back young it's a good feed, I read it has a similar protein content as Lucerne, when young. If you keep cutting it & using it as mulch soon it will improve the soil slowly, so that as with nature something better will take it's place. If you use a poison as many would do, you kill in one action, but you don't get the improvement in your soils & in my opinion poison your soil & maybe turn a useful soil improving humus producing plant into just poison. I believe that if you use quick solutions like so called convention agriculture uses, it may be quick, often it's expensive [the chemicals] & also you pay a price in other ways destruction & poisoning of the soil, try to live within nature as much as possible, gives us a future. Fukuoka said to me when I visited him in 1984 that man with his technology is digging a hole, when his technology causes a problem, he thinks to solve the problem with another technology & with each technology he digs a deeper hole in which to bury himself [ all of us & maybe most other life forms as well] another case of where the thinking mind & the ego, think as he said they are "smart, but turn out being foolish" or maybe quite stupid [my word]...Good luck...regards...Norm...Australia.
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