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Burning the ground?

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  • Jasminka
    Dear all, It was sugested to me to write to this group. Please be so kind to give me some hints and ideas. Thank you. Jasminka ... From: Rex Teague
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 9, 2002
      Dear all,
      It was sugested to me to write to this group.
      Please be so kind to give me some hints and ideas.
      Thank you.
      Jasminka


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Rex Teague [mailto:DibbleGardens@...]
      Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 1:05 PM
      To: Jasminka
      Subject: Re: burning the ground?


      Hello Jasminka

      My suggestion would be to ask the question on the Fukuoka_Farming
      list ie <fukuoka_farming-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>. Masanobu
      Fukuoka is known for his "Natural Farming" as described in his three
      books translated into english:

      1 The One Straw Revolution
      2. The Natural Way of Farming
      3. The Road Back to Nature

      In "The Natural Way of Farming" he describes how to establish an
      orchard and vegetable garden in a wilderness without tilling (including
      no burning), no fertiliser, no weeding and no pesticides.

      The books are not easy to procure but answers to that are being
      discussed on the List at the moment.

      Cheerio... Rex

      On 9 Mar 02, Jasminka wrote:

      > Hello all
      >
      > I am sorry if what I send is a trivial queastion, but I don't have the
      > exerience from which I would come to decision. So, please help.
      >
      > I have bought a piece of land (3 acres, hill, Croatia - continental
      > climate) that has been untouched for 4-7 years. South-eastern side has
      > been under corn as monoculture (conventional agriculture for 10 years)
      > - today lots of grass, and slowly developing bush (sorry, don't know
      > the name in english)
      >
      > Nort-western side - long time ago there has been
      >
      > 1. one part orchard
      > Today some trees under all overgrown in lots of wild raspberies and
      > different weed, and dogwood (thick bush 10 yards by 10 yards) and wild
      > rose (rosa canina)
      >
      > 2. one part garden (today in fern and thick dogwood)
      >
      > Also, there are lots of wild strawberries that I can see on borders to
      > neighbours. This all is so overgrown that it is hard to walk through.
      >
      > Local folks sugest that we should burn everything to be able to work
      > on land (gardening mainly). I think that this is not a good idea, but
      > I don't know. Can you give me opinion on that? Is there a time to burn
      > it when it would only clear up the fern and not hurt plants like wild
      > raspberies and roses. Will yarrow and burdock grow again if we burn
      > the ground?
      >
      > Thank you
      > Jasminka
      >
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