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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Do nothing

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  • Jamie Nicol
    Dear michael, it s good to hear your thoughts after practicising so many years of doing nothing and that you find that One-Straw becomes more obvious as
    Message 1 of 11 , Jun 13, 2007
      Dear michael, it's good to hear your thoughts after practicising so many
      years of 'doing nothing' and that you find that 'One-Straw' becomes more
      obvious as time passes. You mention purslane, which I forgot to mention in
      my list, but is just about my favourite veg to eat and doesn't take any
      space in the garden as, like you, it grows on the gravel track beside the
      garden and requires (thrives) no intervention from me.
      I have a video of Fukuoka speaking in India (thanks to Michiyo) where he
      insists that there be no soil disturbance at all and that NF is nothing
      other than casting seedballs. But, given enough seeds, I suspect that one
      can do without the clay entirely (and letting plants go to seed and then
      seed themselves is an excellent way of ensuring enough seed). All we need do
      is return seeds to the land left bare of plants (and thus bare of seeds) and
      the green will return.

      And yes, this also means in droughty areas! Rain doesn't fall from the sky
      but grows up from the ground.


      On 6/12/07, michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
      > Same here. We eat more and more the things which have self seeded
      > around from our original plantings of years/decades ago, mostly Asian
      > and European species of origin, not the hybrids of millennia, and
      > also many so-called weed plants. The daikon have reverted to their
      > wild form and need only thinning, by eating green of course. Some go
      > to seed and the young seed pods are eaten. The arugula is all over
      > the place, as is the shungiku and wild broccoli. I can't keep them or
      > the purslane out of the gravel driveway; not that i want to. Things
      > have spread to the orchard and for some reason the European alien
      > (sorry EU, that what the books call them) grasses are in decline as
      > the edible things increase. Who knows where this will all go but
      > after 25 years, OSR is looking more obvious. It takes a long time to
      > figure out how to do nothing.
      > On May 14, 2007, at 7:34 AM, Jamie Nicol wrote:
      > > So I now try not to dig beds at all, seed but not transplant, seed
      > > everything I can get my hands on, especially those that will reseed
      > > themselves annually, irrigate only when forced to by drought, leave
      > > no earth
      > > bare (both above ground and below), harvest a fraction of the plants
      > > growing, never weed by pulling (just cut the volunteer at the
      > > moment it
      > > flowers), return volunteer or unused crop to beds, use anything
      > > growing
      > > nearby as mulch for the beds, always leave volunteer leguminous plants
      > > (nitrogen fixing), leave some native leguminous trees or fruit
      > > trees or
      > > shrubs (trees are the prerequisite for a mediterranean natural
      > > agriculture)...
      > >
      > > do-nothing seems to me to be about giving up any control and
      > > beginning to
      > > play with nature. Not caring what grows (for if there are enough
      > > seeds,
      > > irrespective of the weather, the soil will be covered by growth), just
      > > casting seeds and watching what happens.
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