Re: Converting existing land/plants in a Natural Farming way
- I am trying 18 different varieties of rice that I could obtain. Basmati, sushi short grain, brown, white, long grain, ukranian, japanese, koshihikari. I figure the more varieties I try the better chance I have of finding one that works in this region.
I am actually doing a test where I plant a group of the same variety every morning and every night for a period of a month or two. I was hoping this might give me a hint on effects of the Moon and of timing in the season.
--- In email@example.com, Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...> wrote:
> I don't know the climatic conditions Craig .
> But rice and wheat belong to the same family and while rice grows in hot
> climate wheat grows in colder climates.
> In India , rice is grown predominantly in south India which has the hot,
> hotter , hottest climate while wheat is the predominant grain in central and
> northern parts which are colder. Even there , the famous Basmathi variety of
> rice is grown . There are multitudes of rice varieties available . For
> example there is a peculiar variety grown in Orissa state in India which
> grows completely submerged in water and people go in boats to harvest the
> rice. Some varieties are drought tolerant.
> Some are white, some brown , some red and some are black. And the period of
> rice varies from mere 60 days for short term varieties to 150 days for
> longer varieties.
> But all these are native varieties and not the hybrid ones. Though the rice
> output is lower , the quality of rice and resistance to pests are very good.
> So it is up to you to decide . And rice is the most weather tolerant grain
> which can withstand floods and drought . And in Fukuoka's method the grains
> are better protected from water shortage as the cover mulch provides the
> much needed moisture rather than stagnant water in the sub-soil.
> This process is somewhat adapted in the SRI method of chemical farming in
> which the field is made wet and allowed to dry completely so as to allow for
> mild cracking of soil and then the next flooding is done. But they thrash
> the grass and weeds into the wet soil by using cono-weeder or some other
> mechanical weeders. While this makes the weeds to compost under the soil ,
> this method leaves the soil exposed and soil particles pulverized which is
> not desirable. On comparing all these methods I find Fukuoka's method is the
> least troublesome and gentle.
> Also the time of sowing / scattering of seeds plays an important role. It is
> said that seeds germinate well when sown during the rising moon period (
> period between no moon day to full moon day). While I find no scientific
> evidence to this , practical experience has shown this to be effective.
> After all we stand to lose nothing if we adapt this practice . Suppose you
> use a rice variety of 120 days , scatter the seeds at least 6 weeks before
> the peak summer so that the rice plants can withstand the heat without much
> Good luck.
> > Hello all,
> > I'm a hobbyist gardener/farmer in Kansas, US. I've read One Straw
> > Revolution and scanned through much of The Natural Way of Farming especially
> > the section on growing rice. One bit of information I haven't figured out is
> > how one might go about converting say a lawn of grass or a field of
> > weeds/grasses in a natural way? The normal way might be to till the land and
> > re-seed with whatever you are wanting to be there. I have thought that a
> > more natural way would be to gradually inject other plants into the existing
> > landscape eventually replacing what was there and using the existing
> > landscape materials as mulch/organic matter to feed the desired plants.
> > In particular I'm trying to figure out how to convert existing grasslands
> > into Masanobu's white clover + rice/barley rotation scheme.
> > Thanks,
> > Craig Comstock
> Boovarahan S
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