Emilia, thanks for letting me know about the hemisphere information.
I was finding it a bit confusing, but now I understand.
I actually haven't come across a single person here who has
been uninterested in your suggestions on alfalfa, they just were
trying to understand how it worked. Your explanations make complete
sense now. I had been wondering if the cuttings after the alfalfa
flowered were depleting the plants of something, and you helped me
to understand with your explanation of "energy sap". Now I
understand why everybody here has to re-plant every 3-5 years when
they farm conventionally.
Re. comfrey. I have read over and over how if you plant
comfrey, it goes crazy and can't be contained and actually becomes a
weed. I want to plant a fair bit for supplementing the animal's
diets, and for use in the garden, but am hesitant on where to plant
because of the warnings. Any comments? I have a few other "pesky
weeds" that the animals enjoy and haven't gone rampant yet, but no
experience with comfrey. I'm going to have to start doing some more
research on it.
Re. raised beds. Out of curiosity, how wide are your paths? How
far down did you dig the soil in the paths to apply it to the beds:
just the topsoil level? Do your 5 foot beds account for the sloping
sides, or do you have 5 feet of top and then the sides slope? You
don't find 5 feet is hard to work with? Everybody recommends 3-4 and
I did four, though if I am making slanting sides, 5 might be better.
When you mention planting lettuces etc to the sides of the bed, am I
right in thinking you are planting in the pyramid slope? Or is that
Do you have any objections to bringing in some soil/compost/manure
from elsewhere on the property to raise the beds up? And if somebody
is making new beds on existing sod, do you recommend bringing in
just soil or a mix of soil, manures, compost etc?
Does anybody find it matters which direction the beds are planted -
ie. east west vs. north/south?
Does anybody here have all Bill Mollison's books? Do you think they
are all helpful? I'm just trying to determine whether or not I want
to purchase permaculture 1 and 2 and would love anybody's input on
And if anybody wishes me to, I will take my questions to Emilia
privately and not use the list, if some of the questions are not on-