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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Establishing Cover Crops

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  • Ruthie Aquino
    Hi and congratulations This looks like a permaculture orchard, design and all I ve a friend who did something similar, with the addition that yours shows an
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      Hi and congratulations
      This looks like a permaculture orchard, design and all
      I've a friend who did something similar, with the addition that yours shows
      an effort at symmetry and aesthetism
      Your picture 13 is pleasantly graphic
      Good luck farmer friend
      best
      RUTHIE



      2013/6/16 Mike Higgs <trenthillsca@...>

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      > Not only does it retain moisture but the mulch rots down into compost
      > and improves fertility. I think that feeding the soil is a much
      > better idea than feeding the plants. We've been adding plants that
      > mine minerals (lambsquarter, pigweed, yarrow, stinging nettle, red
      > clover, Dutch white clover, etc), attract pollinators all through the
      > growing season, attract predatory insects, confuse pests. Our
      > preference is for perennials or self-seeding annuals and biennials.
      > And we've stopped mowing the orchard although I do selective scything
      > to suppress plants that we don't want. We're very early in the process
      > but we can see some results -
      >
      > https://picasaweb.google.com/PortagePerennials/HolisticOrchard#5888913239729330466
      >
      > Regards,
      > Mike
      >
      > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, Nandan Palaparambil
      > <p_k_nandanan@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Adding 6 inch mulch layer around young trees to make them survive summer
      > is an interesting thing. Planning to try this for the mango trees. Last
      > summer was very severe and lost some of the trees.�
      > >
      > >
      > > Regards,
      > > Nandan
      >
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