- Growing plants is hard, killing weeds is easy. I am
in a cold, wet climate, similar to Seattle.
I have not followed Fukuoka in this, but my
permaculture technique is fairly easy, quick to
prepare, but requires the passage of time. First I
harvest the weeds if there is some use for them (feed
the goats, mulch other areas, etc.) This is the time
to do the rough grading, if you need to trench for
drainage or level for other reasons.
Then I lay down lime and phosphorous powder, because
the soil is acid and generally poor due to previous
burns. This is not very Fukuokan, either. Then I
cover this with cleaned junk cardboard boxes,
flattened and placed overlapping. I usually place
these in beds, about four feet wide, or less.
Takes some time to clean the tape and the staples off
the boxes, but it is a higher use than sending them to
I then trench in between the cardboard beds and to the
root masses up on the cardboard sheets to prevent the
wind from rearranging them.
Then I wait for about three months, and the cardboard
is mushy, the underlying weed plants are mostly dead.
That is the time to pluck out the weeds that survived
in the root balls that were weighting down the
cardboard. I think Fukuoka might not approve of so
much weeding, but it is easy with this cap of
relocated weeds . . .
Bingo! Instant low tech raised beds. Per Fukuoka,
plant root veggies first, to break up the soil below.
If you have a dry climate at planting time, then the
seed ball technique is ideal. Remember to make them
tiny seed balls though .. .. .. Here, the
intermediate trenches serve to drain the surface water
from the beds, whereas we get 72", or six feet, of
rain per year.
Puerto Montt, Chile
> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 02:39:56 -0600__________________________________
> From: "Mary Jo Terry" <meme@...>
> Subject: Re: Re: Natural Gardening in Long Beach
> I'd like to know more about gardening without
> tilling. We have a lot of bermuda and johnson
> grasses here. How do I get rid of them without
> tilling? They kill everything we plant if we don't
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