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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Transforming an old field

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  • Samten Norbu
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    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 1, 2007
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      Thanks Dieter! :)

      --- Dieter Brand <diebrand@...> wrote:

      > Samten,
      >
      > If you don't want to plough, a mixture of rye and
      > vetch
      > is a good choice for sowing into an existing stand
      > of
      > grass and/or weeds. Wheat and barley can't compete
      > with grass. You could also try lupines or daikon.
      > However, whatever you do it will probably take you
      >
      > more than one season to crowd out the grass and
      > the weeds. Since you are in Canada, buckwheat
      > may also be a good choice. It grows very quickly,
      > 3 months until seeds start to form. The rye you
      > can
      > cut as much as you like, it will always grow back
      > until the grains start to form. Except for clover,
      >
      > legumes (lupines, field peas, vetch, etc.) usually
      >
      > don't grow back after cutting. Legumes are usually
      > cut during flowering, when the amount of N his
      > highest. Check with the local farmers for the cash
      >
      > or cover crop best suited to your region. They
      > will
      > also provide you with the dates for sowing. But
      > don't tell them that you are going to sow without
      > ploughing or they will take you for some silly
      > city
      > jerk bent on wasting good seeds.
      >
      > Dieter Brand
      > Portugal
      >
      >
      > Samten Norbu <earth2rodger@...> wrote:
      > Hi all revolutionaries:)
      >
      > I have a friend with fields that have been untilled
      > for over 25 years, only rarely cut for hay.
      >
      > I'd like to start growing some grain in her fields
      > using natural farming methods. It's my understanding
      > that fields like this are the healthiest as the
      > grassland ecosystem is completely intact.
      >
      > I wonder if you could help me choose a grain to grow
      > (I'd love to grow rye, barley, spelt...)
      > ...and help me discover how to nudge the field
      > towards
      > growing my crop for me... Fukuoka-style. I've read
      > all his books, but I'm no farmer or gardner (yet).
      > This would be my first active foray into natural
      > farming. ! :)
      >
      > The soil is heavy with clay but not unworkable. The
      > fields grow very well on their own, growing high and
      > dense so it's a fertile situation. I live near the
      > Canadian US border (near Ottawa Ontario Canada).
      >
      > Any discussion or information is much appreciated.
      >
      > Alexander
      >
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