Re: [fukuoka_farming] Grass/Weed 'roller'
- No, the roller is not 'all' that heavy. Small stones were no issues. Large
stones would be a bit of a problem, but we did manage the unevenness of the
land quite easily. As I said in my earlier email, it is better used by two
Today, we tried rolling over grass in the morning (say 9 am) and the
morning dew did pose some issues. We also tried on a shorter variety of
grass. I don't know if it is because of the dew or the type of grass that
the effect was not as good. I somehow felt that the grass would stand back
upright again after sometime. Need to wait till a day or two to see what
About the thing on 'observing wild grass' - you misunderstood me. I have
always been curious to study wild grass and see if we can apply our
learnings to growing 'other grass' such as paddy etc. There is a huge
debate in the region on whether to grow sugarcane in a very dense manner or
to have enough room between plants and I am the only one on the other side
of the debate i.e. enough room between plants :) After studying Sri.
Palekar's books, I had been advocating at least 8' distance between rows.
The farmers were not convinced and we settled at a distance of 5'. I should
admit that the sugarcane has grown quite well. However the sugarcane in
densely seeded plots in the vicinity are also doing well, I am told.
Paddy and grass cannot grow together. It has to be one or the other.
Weeding in paddy fields, in the initial years, is a must - I believe.
On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 8:33 AM, Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...>wrote:
> Thanks for sharing the photos.
> Is the roller not heavy ?
> How did it perform when small stones / pebbles were encountered?
> Some kind of hand could have been much more helpful in using the roller.
> I have a cut trunk of a coconut tree but it is too heavy to roll.
> May be attaching a few iron angles and a handle would be much useful.
> You wrote of rice growing along with grass. The problem is , wild grass
> grows much faster than rice making it a dwarf. This is the main reason why
> farmers go in for ploughing ( to suppress weeds / grass ).
> Should my present rice crops fail , which is very likely, I intend to use a
> crimper to mow down the grass and weeds and go on for direct scattering of
> germinated rice seeds. I am waiting for the rainy season to be over.
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 12:44 AM, Harish Amur <harishamur@...>
> > **
> > We did a small experiment. We have a lot of grass (some very tall kind)
> > the part of the land that we have set aside for growing large trees. We
> > to someone manage this grass. I had seen Rajuji's crimp roller
> > rod and a rope). However I knew that we couldn't manage 2 acres of land
> > with that technique. We needed a heavy duty stuff.
> > Last year we dug a well. Cement rings were used to build the well. We
> > thought of using these rings. However one ring would be too small (about
> > foot). So we custom ordered a roller that consists of 2 rings. It was
> > and delivered about a week ago and I did not get time. However today, we
> > experimented with the roller and I am quite thrilled with the outcome.
> > Some pictures added to the existing album:
> > A few months ago, we had cut a lot of similar grass with the Honda
> > I must admit that the roller did a much better job. Also, when you cut,
> > tree or plant stubs(?) remain on the ground and pose a threat to all
> > who walk near or on them. They are pretty sharp. However with the roller,
> > no such issues. The pressed grass is as good as a mattress.
> > The area covered by two of us today is about 1/8th acre. We took just
> > an hour to do it. However we spent sometime trying to figure out the best
> > way to tackle the piece of land. Also we were trying to do it solo to
> > with, but soon realised that doing it together provided better torque to
> > handle those tough plants.
> > In fact, I should also mention here that I am kind of getting many
> > to a very 'infamous' question that I had posted here a few months ago. I
> > had asked 'where can we find paddy grow wildly'. Many of you had not
> > the question, holding me in a bad trust and likened me to be a cynical
> > member. Well, I am finding some answers now. Grass grows quite well in
> > farm and paddy is a kind of grass! There are several varieties of grass.
> > However one thing that I have noticed is that they like to grow together.
> > They have no issue being thickly populated. In fact, due to an error is
> > sowing the paddy seeds, the paddy in our farm is quite dense and I see
> > it has grown well. Fukuoka san also writes about the paddy density in
> > Regards,
> > Harish
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