Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Correcting a 50 year mistake?
That makes sense. I will try it on one of my gardens for the next few years and see what happens.
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From: Gloria C. Baikauskas
Sent: 7/27/2004 11:30:00 PM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Correcting a 50 year mistake?
> It won't happen if you follow what we talk about here and selectively
> cut the weeds down at soil level...leaving no stubs. In other
> words...you are thinning the weeds out.
> If you spend time observing, you will see that what weeds grow in a
> given area change from year to year. It is because Mom Nature puts
> in the soil what She needs to bring what is lacking to the
> Keeping the weeds gives some shade to the plants when it is hot, and
> it also provides a cover for predator insects. The various weeds
> will also repel some plant diseases. Weeds have very deep roots that
> can bring elements from deep within the soil...as well as micorrhizal
> fungi. They give a garden so much.
> I know it sounds impossible to you. I had to learn it on my own.
> Weed utility is amazing. The soil is nearly always richer where
> weeds grow. It means that any plants you add to the area are also
> I suspect part of your thoughts are because you grow in rows, or
> blocks perhaps? I stopped doing that a long time ago. My garden
> beds are haphazzard almost....and they are totally mixed with annual
> and perennial herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruits.
> It is a matter of maintenance to keep the weeds in check, much as you
> would if you were just pulling them out. Pulling them out gives you
> no benefit that they were ever there. Leaving the roots to rot in
> the soil means the nutrients stay in the soil. It is much like
> growing legumes. If you grow them, and then just pull them from the
> soil, roots and all, you don't get much benefit they were ever
> there. If instead you cut them off at the soil level, the rich
> nitrogen in their root systems stay in the soil to nourish the
> garden. Cutting the weeds back keeps them from shading out the other
> plants. Thinning them out in the manner I mentioned also still gives
> you all the benefits from their growing there....but allows the
> introduced plants you added a better chance.
> I hope that answers your questions. It is like using them as a cover
> crop I suppose.
> Gloria, Texas
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