Re: [fukuoka_farming] Seedballs in summer
- Hi All,
To add to this...bad germination may be because of less organic matter in soil and hence lower water holding capacity. For fertile soil, this may not be the case, so we can not generalize these theories.
Also in the Fukuoka san's videos, you can see students cutting opening the soil and putting seeds, so there were multiple techniques used.
--- On Sat, 2/2/13, Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...> wrote:
From: Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...>
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Seedballs in summer
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 11:20 AM
Recently I tried seedballs with sesame and broadcasted in the field and cut and mulched the grass and watered it once, but one of them germinated.The field had mulch and probably they couldn't lift the mulch and come up? Just to check if it is seed problem, I put in my house garden and raked the soil and watered it, germination was good.
Normally sesame is cultivated in paddy fields, just plowing and putting seeds and with available moisture they germinate. While plowing the soil, the moisture becomes available and when the seeds go into the soil, it starts germinating.
Using a sharp tool, I scratched a line in the field and put sesame seeds and then covered the seeds and germination was good. I am seeing in Fukuoka san had tried 'light tillage' in his early experiments, I am trying this for sesame now. I have a soil raking tool with many pointed edges and I just scratch the soil using this, so the soil is disturbed for 1cm or so.
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