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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Alternatives to lawn grass in India

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  • Raghava Aikanthika
    Dear Ajay, You can try with growing Indigo varieties, they are luguminous. Hope to see the lawn culture turning into growing food crops ! Raghava, Davangere,
    Message 1 of 3 , May 25, 2012
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      Dear Ajay,

      You can try with growing Indigo varieties, they are luguminous.

      Hope to see the lawn culture turning into growing food crops !

      Raghava,
      Davangere, Karnataka, India.
      +91 94489 23773.


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      From: ayagnam <ayagnam@...>
      To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2012 4:25 AM
      Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Alternatives to lawn grass in India


       
      Deal all,

      I am so glad to find this group so active and informative. I live in South India where rain is sparse and land is dry.

      I recently built a house which has a lawn. I really do not want to use any variety of carpet grass or bermuda grass.

      Instead I am looking for ground covers which do not grow more than 6 inches. They must be perennial with green foliage and should be nitrogen fixers.

      In this regard I came across white clover and red clover as possible answers. Can anyone help me in proceeding further? Where to procure the seed? Has anyone tried this already? I am willing in either case. I would appreciate any info on

      trifolium pratense - red clover
      trifolium repens - white cover

      Also i do want to explore the possibility of using thyme as an alternate ground cover - Yes it is not a nitrogen fixer but still I want to explore this possibility.

      I am also looking for information and availability of the following

      thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' - elfin creeping thyme (wards of mosquitoes)
      thymus praecox 'albiflorus'- White Moss Thyme
      thymus praecox 'coccineus' - coccineus creeping thyme

      I have already procured Thymus vulgaris or English thyme and have started it on a patch of secluded land but they grow tall which is what i am not looking for...

      Any help for an organic nature friendly lawn is what i am looking for - Thanks for your time

      Regards
      Ajay




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