Fukuoka Principles for Flowerpots
- Dear Carole,
Welcome to the group! I also had read his books years ago and thought I
couldn't start because I didn't have much land. Now I live in England and
have at least an allotment and a backgarden and frontgarden to work on. This
August I finally DID it! I just put out wheat and vegetable seeds, covered
them with the contents of my rabbit hutches and left it alone. It is now
November and I can harvest the first radishes already, and many other
vegetables seem to come along too. I did not have to coat my seeds with
clay, we have quite frequent rains here and everything grows nicely.
And yes, I do carefully walk over the wheat to go and harvest the radishes
and other veggies. It doesn't matter. I'm sure it'll grow and bear grains
next year without any problems. Some of the wheat grass I also cut for my
rabbits, it doesn't seem to matter, it just grows again ...
After much searching around, I finally got a handful of rice (nobody seems
to grow rice here in England) and so I started of my "trial" in a flowerpot.
I just put a few rice seeds in and a few white clover seeds and covered the
lot with some rabbits fertiliser. That was in September. Now the rice and
clover has grown nicely and the rice is about 30 cm high. On sunny days I
just take the flower pot outside to have some sunshine and wind. Hopefully,
in the not too distant future, there'll be some rice to harvest. In May, I
thought I'd try the same with some more rice seeds on the allotment and I
just can't see any reason at all why it should not work. Eventually, I hope
to produce enough for us to eat ...
And I certainly apply Mr. Fukuoka's principle in my backgarden, it's so easy
and I've got healthy plants.
1. New member
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 09:07:50 -0000
Subject: New member
I am Carole, a new (French) member of this group. I'm ecstatic to
know that so many people around the world use the natural way of
farming ! I got acquainted with Fukuoka's philosophy through one of
his books : The One Straw Revolution (in French, la Révolution d'un
seul brin de paille). I immediately knew it was one of the answers to
the environmental problems I feel so concerned about. Unfortunately I
don't have any garden yet. So I can't really apply M. Fukuoka's
method for the moment. But I hope to learn more about what people do
around the world to spread it. I would also like to know if the
project "greening the desert" is still going on in Europe, because I
would like to take part in it. Since I have no garden, this is the
only way I thought of, to contribute to natural farming. Has anybody
heard about it recently ? Do you guys have other ideas for me ?
Last, I'd like to know if anybody on this list live near Paris and
use the natural way of farming in their garden. I would love to visit
such a garden !