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Jowar mulching & a few questions

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  • Harish Amur
    Please see some pictures of our experiment with Jowar mulching
    Message 1 of 2 , May 27, 2011
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      Please see some pictures of our experiment with Jowar mulching
      https://picasaweb.google.com/102576450887783733401/JowarMulching?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGlpMTW1ICeXw&feat=directlink

      A few questions:
      1. What do we do with the weed? It has to be manually cut. Personally, I
      would not even cut it, let it be. The corn crop will be harvested
      soon(?)(May be we grew corn in a wrong season (Feb - June)) Once the corn
      crop is harvested, the corn stems will be cut and provide for mulching.

      2. Can we use a stone roller on the weeds, so that they serve as mulching.
      If we leave them to grow, they may outgrow the sugar cane crop :) These
      weeds also have thorns, so I am advised by local farmers to treat them when
      they are tender.

      3. What do you do for seeds? I have been having a tough time finding local
      seeds. Of course, Annadana - Auroville is a great help, but they provide
      mostly vegetable seeds. Green foundation in Karnataka is another option, I
      have approached them. However I am yet to get the seeds.

      4. Are ants a good thing for the farm? We have a lots of big black ants and
      they seem to be doing something to the soil. From what I have seen, they
      seem to be cultivating the soil. The processed soil is almost like fine
      dust, with larger granules, slightly bigger than sand granules. Of course,
      this is in the drier parts of the farm(not enough mulch to cover all the
      area yet). I did not want to disturb the mulch to check ants' activity.

      Your thoughts will definitely help me!

      Regards,
      Harish


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    • Nandan Palaparambil
      You can contact http://www.sahajasamrudha.org in Bangalore for seeds, recently I got some velvet-beans and raggi seeds from them. Regards, Nandan ... From:
      Message 2 of 2 , May 27, 2011
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        You can contact http://www.sahajasamrudha.org in Bangalore for seeds, recently I got some velvet-beans and raggi seeds from them.


        Regards,
        Nandan

        --- On Fri, 5/27/11, Harish Amur <harishamur@...> wrote:

        From: Harish Amur <harishamur@...>
        Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Jowar mulching & a few questions
        To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Friday, May 27, 2011, 7:52 PM







         









        Please see some pictures of our experiment with Jowar mulching

        https://picasaweb.google.com/102576450887783733401/JowarMulching?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGlpMTW1ICeXw&feat=directlink



        A few questions:

        1. What do we do with the weed? It has to be manually cut. Personally, I

        would not even cut it, let it be. The corn crop will be harvested

        soon(?)(May be we grew corn in a wrong season (Feb - June)) Once the corn

        crop is harvested, the corn stems will be cut and provide for mulching.



        2. Can we use a stone roller on the weeds, so that they serve as mulching.

        If we leave them to grow, they may outgrow the sugar cane crop :) These

        weeds also have thorns, so I am advised by local farmers to treat them when

        they are tender.



        3. What do you do for seeds? I have been having a tough time finding local

        seeds. Of course, Annadana - Auroville is a great help, but they provide

        mostly vegetable seeds. Green foundation in Karnataka is another option, I

        have approached them. However I am yet to get the seeds.



        4. Are ants a good thing for the farm? We have a lots of big black ants and

        they seem to be doing something to the soil. From what I have seen, they

        seem to be cultivating the soil. The processed soil is almost like fine

        dust, with larger granules, slightly bigger than sand granules. Of course,

        this is in the drier parts of the farm(not enough mulch to cover all the

        area yet). I did not want to disturb the mulch to check ants' activity.



        Your thoughts will definitely help me!



        Regards,

        Harish



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