Mr. Hashimotofs no-till field
- Previously I wrote that Mr. Hashimoto followed a method developed by Mr.
Kawaguchi. I was incorrect. Mr. Hashimoto follows a method developed by
Mr. Tsujikawa. Mr. Tsujikawa uses separate fields to grow summer and winter
vegetables. Winter cover crops are grown on the summer vegetable field
while summer cover crops are grown on the winter vegetable field. When the
seasonal cover crops die, they become mulch for the following season�fs
Mr. Hashimoto�fs no-till field uses Mr. Tsujikawa�fs method of growing
summer vegetables. Mr. Hashimoto�fs field consists of raised beds running
the length of the field. One bed is 3 meters wide while the other beds are
approximately 120 cm wide. Fruit trees are interspersed on the 3-meter wide
bed. They include kiwi, hassaku, large mandarin oranges, small mandarin
oranges, lemons, and iyokan. Hassaku and iyokan are citrus fruits the size
of oranges. Iyokan are sweet while hassaku have the texture and taste of a
grapefruit. All of the trees are still immature. Buckwheat and hairy vetch
are sown around September and October. When the Buckwheat and hairy vetch
die in June, summer vegetables are planted. The winter cover crops become
mulch. Watermelon, pumpkin, muskmelon, cucumber, etc. can be grown in the
3-meter wide bed. Both Mr. Tsujikawa and Mr. Hashimoto prefer to
transplant. Sweet Potatoes, eggplant, green peppers, okra, etc. can be
grown on the narrower beds.
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