Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: onion weed
- Hello All,
I don't know if this would be an option, or whether
your land could support the weight of a tractor or
team of horses, but have you considered mowing the
area, then using a disc harrow? This would incorporate
the onionweed into the surface soil layer without
tilling it. If you applied a layer of alfalfa mulch as
Deb suggests, then this would encourage an even faster
degradation of the onionweed organic material and
encourage soil life, making it ready to plant-up in
just a few weeks.
I know that this is becoming a more popular method of
preparing an area for planting, as as previously
mentioned there is no tillage. It would still be
susceptible to soil compaction however, but is a
viable alternative to using black plastic for the
reasons that Deb points out below.
All the best,
--- pollywog <debhlv@...> wrote:
> ---I would believe the black plastic would indeed_______________________________
> cook the soil, and
> the creatures who live in it.
> I have done garden and flowerbed work for my bosses,
> all of whom love
> using black plastic as mulch. I cringe everytime I
> look at a new spot
> they want me to work and see that blasted stuff.
> Under it, without
> fail, the soil is dead, concrete-like, and pale.
> Nothing alive in it.
> It's a heartbreaking sight.
> I take it onionweed is something different from wild
> onions? Do you
> know the botanical name of it, by any chance?
> If onionweed truly hates nitrogen, and you want to
> try a mulch on it,
> perhaps a good layering of organic green mulch-
> alfalfa/clover bales
> broken open and tossed around, say. Here in SC Iowa,
> a huge round bale
> goes for 25 dollars american.
> It sounds too large an area to effeciently try a
> lasagne method, but
> don't know your own situation.
> There should be more good info coming your way here,
> Elinor gave some
> good suggestions and I'm sure others will have more
> for you. deb
> In email@example.com, Elinor Jean
> <u3288545@a...> wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > I've been discussing your problem with some
> friends and we came up
> with a
> > few options for the onion weed:
> > 1. Would be to cover it in strong black plastic
> for summer and
> > cook it. But I'm always worried about the effect
> this has on the
> soil: does
> > it cook the worms too? If anyone has comments on
> this I would
> > them. And would the effect go deep enough to get
> the bulbs of the
> onion weed?
> > 2. Our other suggestions are along the lines of
> > > Plant in amongst it good strong plants to
> out-compete with it.
> > idea of chard with good strong roots and big
> leaves sounds good. As is
> > using straw. If you try this I would be really
> keen to find out how
> you go.
> > > I have heard that onion weed hates nitrogen. I
> don't know how
> true this
> > is. But you could also think of starting to grow
> something like white
> > clover in amongst it, to hopefully change the soil
> composition to
> have more
> > nitrogen.
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