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  • Laurence Hutchinson
    Steve, as an ecologist you may be interested in ecological aquaculture, or not, just a thought Laurence See web page www.ecological-aquaculture.co.uk ... From:
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      Steve, as an ecologist you may be interested in ecological aquaculture, or
      not, just a thought
      See web page www.ecological-aquaculture.co.uk

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      From: "garden03048" <apdirusso@...>
      To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:24 PM
      Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Anybody tried growing Basmati rice? Plus an
      introduction. [Scanned by Freecom.net]

      > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, Steve Gage <sgage@t...> wrote:
      >> Hi Faith,
      >> I believe that part of the reason for flooding the paddies is that
      > it
      >> hurts the weeds and pests more than the rice. Also, I believe there
      > is
      >> some nitrogen connection as well - I think there's a kind of
      >> bacteria/algae thing that gets going in the flooded paddy that does
      >> N-fixation. Living in New Hampshire, USA, I've never tried growing
      > rice,
      >> flooded or not :-)
      >> I've been lurking here for quite a while, but this is my first
      > post, so
      >> I suppose I ought to introduce myself. I live in Central New
      > Hampshire,
      >> a place with a rather short growing season, so we are always
      > fiddling
      >> with various modes of "season extension". I am simple, so I just
      > use
      >> coldframes to jumpstart things a bit. I tried the whole growlights
      > in
      >> the basement thing, but that's just a bit too fussy for me at the
      >> moment. I try as best I can to apply the attitude of M. Fukuoka to
      > my
      >> garden, but as I'm sure we all know, what works in semi-tropical
      > Japan
      >> doesn't necessarily work in Northern New England. However...
      >> I am strictly organic - no chemicals whatsoever. I am no-till (once
      > beds
      >> are made), except the incidental soil disruption that comes with
      >> transplanting. I have built raised beds, which I mulch heavily with
      >> spent hay and whatever weeds I feel I have to pull, along with my
      > crop
      >> wastes. I trim dead plants off at ground level, leaving the roots
      > to
      >> feed the soil and form channels. I keep very good track of what I
      >> planted where and when, so I can rotate my crops intelligently. I
      > have a
      >> big draft horse (I use her mostly for logging my woodlot, and just
      >> driving around for fun) that supplies all the manure that I and
      > several
      >> neighbors can possibly use! Between the horse and my 4 sheep and
      > umpteen
      >> chickens, fertility inputs are no problem, and I always have waste
      > hay
      >> to use for mulch.
      >> My main crops are garlic (just harvested yesterday - best crop
      > ever!),
      >> peas, lettuce, radishes, various beans, tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers,
      >> zucchini, spinach, chard, kale, carrots, etc. Been doing it this
      > way for
      >> 12 years now, and results are excellent. I have fresh bush beans
      > from
      >> mid-July to mid-September, and I freeze and pickle tons of 'em. I
      > store
      >> lots of pinto and black beans, and I make lots of cucumber pickles.
      > I
      >> put up loads of tomatoes, and I also make lots of pesto and
      > gazpacho,
      >> and freeze it - great flavors of Summer to pull out of the freezer
      > in
      >> the middle of January up here!
      >> My soil, which started out as a rocky, silty-sandy, almost-orange
      >> glacial afterthought is now a foot deep of rich black, well, soil.
      > Full
      >> of worms and good things, and occasional bad actors - cutworms and
      > slugs
      >> are my biggest pest problems. My garden is small enough that I can
      > just
      >> pick slugs in the morning. I also pull the mulch way back from
      > tender
      >> young lettuces in the Spring, and that helps a lot. Sometimes
      > tomato
      >> hornworms come into my garden (any day now?), and I need to get up
      > early
      >> every morning to pick 'em. But they're easily beaten. Weeds are no
      >> problem at all, what with all the mulch, and weeding is very casual.
      >> I am an ecologist by training, so I love to just sit in my garden
      > at the
      >> end of the day with a beer and just enjoy all the life going on.
      > The
      >> insect diversity is astonishing. I teach various ecology courses at
      >> Granite State College, including a course called Sustainable
      > Gardening.
      >> Many of my students have some vague idea about "organic gardening"
      > and
      >> whatnot. They currently garden in the "spank it hard with a
      > rototiller
      >> and lay down the Miracle-Gro" mode, and seem to understand that
      > there's
      >> a less violent way. I always warn them that the conversion from
      > chemical
      >> to organic gardening takes a year or three for a real ecosystem to
      > set
      >> in and come to equilibrium. So, for folks just starting out, don't
      > take
      >> one year's disaster as meaning that organic/no-till/Fukuoka methods
      >> don't work.
      >> Wow, I've been rambling! Anyway, I've really enjoyed reading all of
      > the
      >> insights being shared on this list, and I hope I can contribute
      >> something or other. Are there any other northern growers out there?
      >> Cheers,
      >> - Steve
      >> Steve,
      > I garden in N. central Massachusetts. Not purely organic, but I
      > seldom use insecticides or herbicides. The exceptions are spraying
      > against the lily beetle and against poison ivy. There are limits to
      > my tolerance.
      > Has been a mostly good year for the garden, but my tomatoes are slow
      > to ripen in spite of all the heat and humidity we have had. I didn't
      > get to start them (from seed) till April. Do they need to be older
      > to ripen?
      > anthony zone 5
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