Re: [fukuoka_farming] Planting Broadbeans - advice
- In my garden, I just cut off and chop all the weeds at ground level,
leave them on the surface and plant seeds straight into the ground
(brambles you might want to shred or cut into small pieces first!).
As the beans grow, I just keep cutting and dropping the weeds.
Eventually the weeds get pretty much shaded out by the growing beans.
With other crops, I'm troubled by the slugs that lurk in the decaying
weeds but the broad beans seem untouched. You could use layers of
newspaper first on top of the cut weeds and plant into holes cut in
it, if you don't want to be bothered to keep cutting. But then you
need to secure the paper and/or cover with a mulch.
HTH, David (in Herefordshire).
On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 2:19 PM, adrianaudsley
> I am organising a community planting activity in a couple of days time -
> planting broadbeans into a disused allotment that belongs to our local
> church in SW London England. We probably only have the plot for six
> months as it is earmarked for development
> The plan is to have a spring crop of broad beans with minimum effort in
> planting and maintenance. The plot has good soil - fairly easy to
> work but hasn't been used for three years and so is thick with
> bindweed, couch grass and plenty of brambles. A couple of old compost
> heaps look like they can be incorporated.
> So I am wondering how much to clear from the surface and how much of
> the roots to try to remove. The recommended sowing is in two double
> rows a meter apart with individual beans at 22 cms spacing and 5 cms
> Any advice welcome and any suggestions of anything else we could plant
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