- Hello Terry,
The best website I found with seedball information is Jim Bones'
www.seedballs.com. I think it might be worth your time to check it out.
Have you thought of planting a green manure cover crop like white clover? I
don't know if white clover is appropriate in your area, but from what I've
gathered from Fukuoka's book "The Natural Way of Farming" it seems like the
place to start. To quote from the book:
"Yet, although cultivation without the use of chemical fertilizers is
possible, crops cannot immediately be grown successfully without fertilizers
on fields that are normally plowed and weeded. ...one must make an effort
to return to that natural state which preceded the development of the
methods of farming used by man."
This passage, together with several other parts of the book, have led me to
believe that the way to get the process going on my patch of dirt is to seed
the whole place in white clover in the next week or two and to make and
spread the seedballs in the next month or so. In an average year we get
about 40 inches of rain. From what I've read it seems that the seedballs
need at least 10 to 12 inches of rain to decompose and release the seeds
properly. That should be no problem here, but it may be where you are at.
Using the white clover cover crop is supposed to put nitrogen into the soil,
loosen the soil, add organic matter, and suppress "weeds" by crowding them
out and not giving them a chance to grow. It will be interesting to see to
what extent this really happens.
Hope this is of some use to you.
Journalist * Photographer * Videographer
----- Original Message -----
From: Castillo Gallery <castilloga@...>
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2001 6:10 AM
> this is my first involvement in an email group like this...thanks for your
> 1. after 11 years of "jeavons" style modified gardening (i irrigate with
> ditch systems called "acequias" here in new mexico) i want to expand and
> work with the principles expounded by fukuoka
> 2. i am at 7000 feet...semi-arid...old fertile pasture land adjoining a
> river...huge cottonwoods to the south and east partially shading the
> plot....about 1/3 acre i'm looking at working with for this project
> 3. water source availability is variable...either a lot or a little or
> 4. after 11 years fallow, i turned it over with a plow this summer
> i would reseed it to regain its pasture value...funny how nature sent back
> only the things i didn't want back! i listened to its message
> 5. at the end of october i want to enact a natural principle; perrenials
> annuals: vegetables, ornamentals, etc
> 6. questions:
> a. any recommendations on types of seeds to plant this time of year?
> b. i am worried about spreading undesirables to neighbors land...any
> c. are seedballs worth the effort this time around? i feel pressed for
> to get some seed out there and i am not a full time gardener by any means
> d. any tips for the uninitiated natural farmer?
> thanks! i am curious to see how this email group works!