- Hello Hide-san (Nakata-san)!
Nice to see you on the list. I find that the best way to learn a language
is to immerse yourself in a subject of great interest to you - and so for
you, this is a perfect opportunity here on this list full of helpful and
Gloria, thanks for sharing your experience about growing from seed vs.
growing from seedlings. Does anyone have experience with tropical plants
such as mango or pinapple? I'd love to be able to grow a mango tree from
seed, but heard that the life of a mango seed is only a few days.
I recently saw a video of Fukuoka's visit to India. He was telling the
people that even on dry land, it's possible to maintain moisture in the
ground with natural farming his way - and roots will grow far, far down to
reach the water layer, even if it has to go for several meters.
Gloria, do you find that your land has more moisture than other surrounding
areas and you don't need to water much? I can imagine this would be one of
the strongest arguments for natural farming methods to be practiced in
nutrient/moisture deficient lands.
Two weekends ago, I had the honor of listening to Fukuoka-san speak in
Kyoto. Unforutnately, i could not understand his dialect very well (and
unfortunately, I also was not in good health that day), but was amazed at
his stamina and passion to speak to us for 3 hours! The next day, he and
Honma-san held a seedball making workshop. It was very well attended and I
must say this experience was more meaningful to me than the lecture. I
think Fukuoka might agree - we need to act - not just study and discuss why.
Now I have the power to start my own garden...and all I need is a space to
grow things (which I'm working on:) )
I have been meaning to respond to other kind replies to my previous mail so
hope to get to that soon, too.
Warm well wishes to all,
Central Tokyo, Japan (but hopefully not for much longer!)
- --- In email@example.com, "norie" <nfukuda@m...> wrote:
> Gloria, thanks for sharing your experience about growing from seed
> growing from seedlings. Gloria, do you find that your land hasmore moisture than other surrounding
> areas and you don't need to water much? I can imagine this wouldbe one of
> the strongest arguments for natural farming methods to be practicedin
> nutrient/moisture deficient lands.Your welcome, Norie.
> Norie Fukuda
I think that as a result of my natural farming that my land is
beginning to show that it does have more moisture than surrounding
land (neighbors). Please don't laugh. I was cleaning the wading
pool we have for our dogs to use to cool off in the extreme heat of
our Texas summers. When I filled it again I sat down in it to enjoy
its coolness myself. Sitting there quite still I began to notice
that wasps, dragon flies, and other such insects had become used to
getting their own drinks from that wading pool. They would swoop
down beside me and land on the water taking some of it with them as
they flew back out again. I was fascinated by this as it continued.
Then I realized that when I started all of this there were no insects
here besides flies and mosquitoes. I have let much of the land lay
fallow to let the land heal by itself. The weeds growing here have
changed as each year passes. I know this is because each weed has a
purpose for growing where it does. As the land heals the needs
change, so the weeds change. Now I have wildflowers growing in many
places put there by the birds, and the wind. Large stands of
sunflowers grow shading all the area beneath them completely. There
are now frogs and toads where before there was only bare land and no
life. I became very pleased watching the insects drink realizing how
it all came about. I was laying in the bottom of that pool with my
eyes at about ground level...or maybe a few inches above it. I didn't
see only weeds around me, nor the areas of grass I planted in the
very beginning (only a thin strip for walking when there was only mud
from the dead soil where nothing then did grow). The strips of grass
have grown larger on their own.
No....I don't water the grass. I don't water trees transplanted
after two years. I should change that. I used to water my trees for
two years. I have been not watering two pecan trees since planting
them to see what would happen. I had read that if one watered a tree
very well when it was planted, it could then be left to its own. The
idea is that the trees will reach for the ground water instead of
relying on the water they receive from above. The trees are not
looking really healthy, but they have not died either. The trees
from seeds I never water.
I do go on perhaps too much. I hope I answered your questions.
- Norie san
Thank you for your good advise ,and I think so.
After I listned Fukuoka san talking in Kyoto I went to rise field in Nara
pref. near by Kyoto.
In which place I heared nothing. There was a silent world. That was really
the Silent Summer.
You know the reason why the field was silent ,don't you?
I recognized that the Fukuoka farming is just needed in Japan.
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