- Hi Emilia and all,
First of all sorry to everyone for forwarding that last "heard it on the news Email". I checked the wrong box. My pardons for distributing it.
Thanks for your response. I guess two years is quite new to organic or natural farming. I have used several different techniques in pest control, high alkali soaps, copper, interplanting rosemary and lavender, as well as offering sacrificial plants to attract some of the most pesky. I noticed it takes a time for things to balance out. I use beer in a cup to trap slugs, or tiles that they can get under for cool. These are some techniques I have learnt from reading and others and was interested in hearing of others. This year I have seen ladybugs return in numbers larger than last year as well as more butterflies which could be good or bad.
emilia <emhaz@...> wrote: hi robert,
do u know if the NFTA still exists somewhere? years ago they used to be in
hawaii, i really would like to know of their work again, they also had
excellent publications, info, on nitrogen fixing plants.
about pests, etc. robin, are u totally new to organic agriculture, or
only to the natural one?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Monie" <bobm20001@...>
Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2002 12:02 AM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] More on nitrogen-fixing plants for temperate
> Martin Crawford, a prolific author on agroforestry and
> director of the Agroforestry Research Trust (founded
> by James Lovelock, co-author of the "Gaia hypothesis)
> in England has written an 87-page booklet (ISBN
> 1-874275-25-4) called "Nitrogen-Fixing Plants for
> Temperate Climates." The advertisment for the booklet
> notes that "most people only know of the legumes as
> nitrogen fixers; however, there are several other
> plant groups which do so, notably the so-called
> actinorhizal plants (including alders, Elaeagnus, sea
> buckthorn), which are mostly of temperate origin and
> better suited to cool temperate climates." Crawford's
> book on temperate climate nitrogen fixers is dated
> 1995 and is advertised on the Agroforestry Research
> Trust website:
> Nitrogen-fixing can be a very recondite and forbidding
> subject when presented by the usual gatherings of soil
> specialists and microbiologists. I am not aware of
> many "chatty" and user-friendly presentations of this
> subject in print, so Crawford's could prove welcome.
> Here in New Orleans, the Louisiana Nursery and
> Landscape Association and the Louisiana Cooperative
> Extension Service have issued "Tree Ratings for the
> New Orleans Area." In this report, they relegate two
> popular nitrogen-fixing trees--the Mimosa (Albizzia
> julibrissin) and the Black Locust (Robinia
> pseudoacacia) to the very bottom of the list with a
> "Rating 4 (Poor)" category. In their experience,
> these two trees are problematic in New Orleans for one
> or more of the following 5 reasons: poor life
> expectancy, poor aesthetic qualities, susceptibility
> to insect and disease problems, lack of adaptability
> to climate and urban conditions, and amount of
> maintenance required. They are no more specific than
> this, but they
> dislike these two trees for our ecology and climate.
> I'm wondering if we would do better in Southern
> Louisiana with shrub-like nitrogen-fixing plants
> rather than nitrogen-fixing trees. The Amorpha
> fruitcosa or "false indigo" is a likely prospect.
> Any comments would be appreciated.
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