Hi all, some questions
- Hi all!
Nice to find a Yahoo- group that seems to be active!
I`m a free time gardener from Helsinki, Finland. I have just about
100 sq. meters of rented land. I`ve been farming it for a couple of
years now, mixed vegetables plus some berries. I`ve been using cover
crops and straw mulching from the beginning, my greatest influence up
until now having been the writings of Eliot Coleman.
Now that I`ve found the writings of Mr. Fukuoma, I feel the path has
opened further once more.
Couple of questions;
Up until now I`ve only used annual cover crops like Purple vetch,
crimson and Persian clover, but now I`m thinking about mixing in some
white clover. I`m just a bit concerned how it will go with vegetable
crops; will it get too dense to live with? But at least under my
berry bushes and on the paths it should work out ok, yes?
Then there`s the question of micro- nutrients; I`ve run my soil tests
in Neal Kinsey`s lab in Missouri (yes, it`s a long way from here, but
actually it costs less!). The nutrient levels are starting to be
excellent all over, but manganese is still lacking, and I really
believe it shows during cold early to mid June spells we have here
almost every year. If I don`t import anything to my soil from outside
can the micronutrient levels really rise with the "Fukuoka"- method?
Growing trees is out of the question because of some ridiculous rules
they have on the land I rent. (BTW, I guess being concerned of soil
test data might be wrong in itself?).
Anyways, nice to be here, looking forward to getting know you all.