alternatives of burn woods to open new farms
- Hi Listers,
I need to beg for your permission to use this list to
promote composting. It seems that Fukuoka prefers a
sheet compost technique, mulching over the existing
plants, and relying on that built-up compost to feed
To really open up a new farm, I would suggest that a
quicker solution might be favorable. A typical forest
has lots of fallen trees. These take years to rot,
but once completely digested, are excellent soil.
My suggestion is to accelerate the process
(Non-Fukuokan idea) using Compost Heaps. I am working
in a young forest (renoval) - cutting the sapling
trees under the best nut trees to fill and level the
ground in a diameter of the crown of the tree. Then I
plan to cover the soil with junk cardboard, cleaned of
tape, in a space about the size of the fall-line of
The cardboard, if well interlaced, prevents the weeks
from coming back strong. On top, I have oat seeds
covered with fresh humus from the compost heap. This
will be cut for the goats in the spring.
The compost heap I am using now is a sleeve (manga)
of polyethylene, 2 M opening up to 4 M. This stands up
about one meter tall, braced with the materials that
are pushing against the "walls." I use more cardboard
on the inside face - so a cubic meter compost can be
put in place, close to the area of final use, at the
cost of 4 sq meters of plastic tube.
Mofe info if you need it!
> Do you know some alternative ways to avoid burn
> woods and bushes as a traditional way to open new
> farms in tropical woods?
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