Not doing 'REAL' fukuoka farming here except in a very small area up in my
back yard beyond the semi-conventional vege patch and a bit randomly in our
school food forest. Threw lots of broad beans, rocket, lettuces, fenugreek,
clover, chicory etc down in autumn this year (hand broadcast - not
seedballs) but only a percentage of broad beans have germinated - the rest
may come in spring or may not. Mostly I am just trying to get anything to
grow at the moment to get the biomass up in the area and improve the soil
which is hard clay ... not a lot of luck so far to be honest but lots of
weeds are germinating where they didn't before so I think the soil is
improving somewhat! Last summer I criss-crossed the area with pear tree
prunings and they are sprouting so require more management ...
I am not aware of any real trials in Oz... but the often never arriving
rains (in spring or any other time) makes growing from seedballs or hand
broadcasting far more difficult I think. I think you either need to build up
your soil over time, or rapidy with a lasagne type garden (heavy mulch) so
that seeds can fall down in the straw where they will stay moist and be able
to germinate that way. Of course tiny seeds will fall too far that way - but
it is what I plan on trying this year.
I am not much of a documentor though so don't expect major test results from
] On Behalf Of Antonino Giglio
Sent: Saturday, 14 June 2008 1:04 PM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: OZ
Hi Linda! No worries!!!!! Everyone does that... Ha ha ha...
Wish to know more about what is happening in OZ with mr Fukuoka system
of natural farming!
Are there trials or have they been?
I'm interested how his methods applies to our local conditions that I
believe are very different from where he lives...
Ciao and thanks!!! :)
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