Re: [fukuoka_farming] gardening
- Hi Heather,
>As far as I understand, he threw the mixed seed balls(very simplifiedclimate,
>version*G*), and what grew well was meant to and was adapted to
>temperatures etc.than one
>I wondered how those of you who follow this practice, grow more
>variety of anything?My first attempt with seedballs ended with a super-abundant and very
diverse bunch of weeds -- which were there before the seedballs experiment.
I think it was a matter of timing.
Fukuoka talks of two different types of vegetable gardening. The
semi-wild type uses the seedballs, but also uses transplants.
> I thought he often lets things go to seed and come up oncross
>their own, but that can only be done with a few things that don't
>pollinate.He likes cross-pollenation and the random hybrids that develope from it.
>Also, how do you guys deal with things that need different Ph's?Treat them
>as though they all require a moderate ph? Do you allow the soilto change
>itself with mulching etc?What's Ph? Only kidding. Theory is to sow a wide diversity and let
nature sort it all out. He notes that the soil chemistry constantly
changes and that plants, especially trees, seem to adapt to it OK
if you are not adding chemicals and such.
>Does he deal with fruit trees that have been pruned a lot - my Momprunes
>yearly (and drastically!), so no branches are rubbing each other. Theand looked
>cherries and apples had never been touched before we moved here,
>nothing like what "natural" trees are "supposed" to look like. Theywere a
>tangled mess of branches. I believe he does minimal pruning andfollows
He deals with this in great detail. Look at the end of the Overview
section of the website and you will see some of what he says about
this, including his natural form diagrams.