To answer Leland about how I make seedballs, I mix a 1
part seed to 5 parts red clay mix. I put a little bit
of the white mold from composting leaves. I was told
that this is the mycrohyzia that every one mentions.
Also Rex from New Zealand mentioned worm castings. So
I got really dried up worm castings from a local worm
farm. I put a little bit of that in. It seems to give
the seedballs some elastisity. I then put them in a
mortar mixer, that doesn't have tines in it. I then
let the mix roll a bit in the mixer, then I slowly add
water into the mix until the clay starts rolling into
little balls. Once the balls snowball into 1/2" to 1"
balls, I then stop the machine and empty out what's
there and set them up to dry. I have some seed balls
that I made last year. They are hard as rocks almost.
That's it, except that I do want to put in cayenne
pepper in the mix also, to repel pests from eating the
new sprouts. Then I just water a bit. Every variety of
seed that I've done this way has sprouted in 3 days.
Mr. Fukuoka mentions that different acids in the clay
will cut through the seed hulls when the water is
added. Of course in doing wild land restoration, you
would have to time the seedballs with rains and at
what time of year that your particular seeds normally
sprout. Red clay might have something to do with the
sucess, as opposed to other soils. Luckily for me, I
live in foothills that are all red clay, so I just dig
the dirt around me for my source. Also of course you
have to sift out the little rocks, pieces of wood and
sand, to get to the fine red clay. Otherwise I have
found that the clay won't bind.
--- Leland Lehrman <gate44o@...
> Hey Burt, PLEASE detail your method for seedball
> creation and
> germination for the record.
> I have just a quick message because I have to go
> home. I planted some
> ginger this summer when it was warm and the root
> started to sprout in
> the kitchen. I kept looking for the stalk to come
> up, but never found
> it. Now I hear that it grows horizontally. So where
> the hell did it
> go? How do I find it short of digging it up? I'm
> sure its on the web
> somewhere but I don't have time to surf right now.
> Those who are waiting for their seeds, do not fear,
> they are going to
> start shipping in a week or so. I have to prepare
> for my parents'
> visit and then back to business.
> And here's the letter I got from Tewolde's wife:
> If you want a copy of the attachment she mentions,
> let me know. I have
> not yet been able to read it as it is a microsoft
> document and I'm on
> linux currently, but I can send it to you.
> Dear Mr/Ms Lehrman,
> Thank you for your message to Tewolde, my husband.
> Please find attached a copy of the report he
> prepared about food crop
> production in Ethiopia.
> Unfortunately this year the rains have failed in
> much of the eastern
> parts of the country, and there are people facing
> starvation. But
> is a good early warning system now and the
> government has been asking
> more for cash to buy from good areas for
> redistribution, rather than
> importing. Hopefully this will stimulate the
> development of good
> internal storage and marketing facilities.
> Tomorrow, Sunday, Tewolde and I are going to Delhi
> for the Howard
> lecture to be given on Gandhi Day, 2 October, in
> Delhi where we look
> forward to meeting the Guest of honour, Masanobu
> Best regards
> Sue Edwards
> INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
> p.o. box 171, code 1110
> addis ababa
> tel: +251-1-167406 / +251-(0)9-200834 /
> fax: +251-1-167406
> e-mail: sustain@...
> The Institute for Sustainable Development is a
> member of the Third
> Network which is a grouping of organizations and
> individuals concerned
> with Third World development issues.
Do you Yahoo!?
New DSL Internet Access from SBC & Yahoo!