Re: [fukuoka_farming] Digest Number 545
- Hello all,
I'm reading the posts with interest... Are there any Australians on the
list? I live in South Australia - Mediteranean climate - hot summers cool
winters, on clay soil over limestock bedrock, on a steep hill facing south
(sun is in the northern sky). We've been permies for sometime, and we
all the best,
children's author : home education consultant : Unschool~Kidz! editor :
- Hi Beverley and all on this list. I am from a dry area of North
Queensland Australia. I have only just heard of the fukuoka farming
method and joined this list to learn more.
PS I have met you on the NZhomeschooling list previously
--- In email@example.com, Beverley Paine
> Hello all,the
> I'm reading the posts with interest... Are there any Australians on
> list? I live in South Australia - Mediteranean climate - hotsummers cool
> winters, on clay soil over limestock bedrock, on a steep hillfacing south
> (sun is in the northern sky). We've been permies for sometime, andwe
> homeschool.editor :
> all the best,
> Beverley Paine
> children's author : home education consultant : Unschool~Kidz!
> permaculture information
- Great to have you with us, Flo! It would seem you have been reading
the messages. If you will check in the files, you will find more
information, including excerpts from some of Fukuoka's books.
Another great place for things to read online is
Do you have much land there? Or do you live in town?
Gloria, Texas, US
- We are on 2.4 acres, but might be moving soon to 9 acres, so it is a
bit difficult knowing anything I do in the garden, I might not be
around to follow-up. I don't have a green thumb. When I try and
grow vegetables conventionally (but without chemicals), they don't
seem to do too well. I have just read a book about the bio-intensive
method, and so am trying that now, but I just heard about the Fukuoka
method and would like to look into it more, because it seems less
destructive to plants. Also, I have been learning about the
possibility of taking an Ahisma non-destructive approach to farming,
which would require eating only fruit as that is non-destructive to
plants (I think the plants want us to eat their fruit). Actually, it
is my partner's goal to be able to grow enough high-protein, high-
other-necessary-nutrients fruit to be able to be fruitarian.
It is Spring here in Australia, and very dry at the moment in
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Gloria C. Baikauskas"
> Great to have you with us, Flo! It would seem you have beenreading
> the messages. If you will check in the files, you will find more
> information, including excerpts from some of Fukuoka's books.
> Another great place for things to read online is
> Do you have much land there? Or do you live in town?
> Gloria, Texas, US
- --- In email@example.com, "penny_wia" <flowia@r...>
I don't have a green thumb. When I try and
> grow vegetables conventionally (but without chemicals), they don'tWhen you say conventionally.......do you mean not organically? I was
> seem to do too well.
not sure what you meant there. Even Fukuoka used chicken manure in
his gardens in the beginning at least.
I started here with basically dead soil. It is still coming to life,
so-to-speak. I am not rushing it. It means that sometimes things
don't grow well for me.......and I have always had a green thumb. I
do have chickens, but when I fertilize I most often use rabbit
manure. One reason for that is that often rabbits are fed things
like alfalfa....which also helps plants. Rabbit manure doesn't have
to be aged.......can be used directly on the soil.
Saying all of that....you might consider that interplanting will give
you the proper nutrient mix in the soil for your plants.
And .....weeds will do a wonderful job of both adding nutrients to
the soil......and bringing them up from further down in the soil
where the plants' roots cannot reach them to a place where they can.
One of the things about 'natural' gardening/farming is paying
attention to how Nature grows things. You won't find many plants
telling the weeds to take a hike. I think we get too carried away
with making things neat and tidy.....trying to make them too pleasing
to the eye.
It is hard to put one's heart into a project knowing one will be
moving on to another place. Just think that whatever beneficial
things you do for your present property may be just the building
blocks needed there for future residents to garden/farm.