Re: Natural Farming in Australia/Thailand
- I'm in the desert, outback Australia. This is how it's been for
millenia. There have never been any ploughing machines out here.
The only 'farming' is of cattle. My work is in a country town and
I'm trying to establish home gardens in town on 1/4 acre blocks.
It's a project to improve the health of the indigenous members of
the community who suffer from diabetes and renal disease in chronic
proportions. There are a lot of mines in the area. It'd be great if
we could grow barley, wheat or rice in the back and front yards -
the thing is no other type of grass has really taken off here as you
walk outside onto bare compacted soil (with rock about a foot down!)
It gets up to 50 degrees here in summer! The town trucks in all of
its supplies. Fallen gum tree leaves have toxins in them which kill
off anything else that wants to grow within a certain distance of
them too so if you want to do gardening, you have to remove gum
My beans are dying from the hot winds and heat of the sun so I'll
have to build some kind of shelter for them. Melons seem to grow
well as do zucchinis.
--- In email@example.com, "Ingrid Bauer / Jean-Claude
Catry" <instinct@...> wrote:
>devoid of plants .
> i am curious at the reason why the land is bare and how it got
> assuming a machinery did the job and remove the upper layer of thetopsoil, as much as possible to speed up the process of recovery i
will add a layer of decaying organic matter after seeding .Nature ,
naturally will use pionner plants to do it ,in case you want to have
some return from that plot the first year sow plants analog in their
ecological function to the wild ones that will come naturally.
> I'm astounded at the wealth of information in this group! Thanks
> for all your help guys. I have one more question for the time
> being: if you're working just with bare soil, is there any
> preparation required?
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