Re: [fukuoka_farming] tomatoes, cucumbers
- At 1:36 PM +0000 3/29/06, email@example.com wrote:
>as far as tomatoes go, i love them too, doesn't everyone?!...Well said, Robin. Just a further word on the two vegies mentioned:
>fukuoka-san, in his book on natural farming, mentioned that tomatoes,
>along with cucumbers, have been over-hybridized to the point where
>they cannot survive in the wild anymore, and must be babied...the late
>great emilia hazilip, in her synergistic method, created permanent raised
>beds for these types of kitchen vegetables in which one would add
>mulch/compost to the surface of the ground and then plant the veggies
>into this created and piled up soil. you are digging, but only into
>this soft upper soil. this is the way i understand it, anyway. she was
>a great disciple of manasobu fukuoka, and her method is explained in
>the files of this group...
>i hope that helps you...i think the fukuoka way is less about what
>rules you should or should not do and more about the appreciation,
>celebration and respect of nature and nature's abundance, and the
>cultivation of true love and non-violence in us as individuals...
>robin, your fellow worrier!
Feral tomatoes are rather common even in cooler climates. They arise
in compost areas and in the garden where compost has been spread
containing rotted open-pollinated tomatoes, or from tomatoes left in
place to rot at the close of the previous season. More often than
not, they are true-to-type (although crosses certainly do occur in
this manner). These volunteers usually sprout and reach flowering
stage later than the pampered transplants, but often will overtake
the pampered ones during the heat of early summer.
Sometimes volunteer tomato vines will grow vigorously, but not set
fruit. These are probably sterile out-crosses from F-1 hybrids.
Tomato seeds can withstand the high heat of composting, in many
cases, along with pumpkin, and Cannabis, so they have an advantage in
becoming feral. When I lived in Seattle 30 years ago, the city
sheet-composted the reclaimed site now known as Gasworks Park, using
composted sewage sludge. That first summer, hundreds if not thousands
of cherry-tomato vines grew out of that former sludge, and we
neighbors grazed the patch as if picking wild berries!
In warmer climates, if one leaves open-pollinated cucumber varieties
on the ground to rot over the winter, volunteer seedlings can be
expected by April or May. Years before Fukuoka, I had the privilege
of observing the method of an old hermit named Albert Jones
(1887-1978), who always left a number of cukes, carrots, onions, and
other vegetables to reseed themselves; then performed a light tilling
in April, turning up enough of the scattered seed to produce a large
portion of the new year's garden! Masterful. Albert had a lot to
teach, although the circumstances of his life limited his outreach as
compared to Fukuoka. He did write and self-publish one inspirational
book: "Gold Is Where You Find It" which I challenge anyone to find