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Fw: [fukuoka_farming] recommendation sought for green cover crop

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  • George.com
    After some research and thought I have decided to trial blocks of subterranean clover and red clover. I will put them in at the end of summer and monitor how
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 24, 2009
      After some research and thought I have decided to trial blocks of subterranean clover and red clover. I will put them in at the end of summer and monitor how they go. Ultimately, you can do much reading but if you can't observe someone else doing it, only way to find out is do it yourself.

      rob

      On 1/10/09, George.com <roblyn@...> wrote:
      > Hi Fukuokists and neo-Fukuokists.
      >
      > A question about what permanent cover crop you might recommend for my
      > situation.
      >
      > I am looking for something that would do ok on raised garden beds roughly
      > 1.5 m wide and 3-4 m long and 200-300 mm high.
      >
      > A few parameters of my search:
      >
      > ideally a nitrogen fixer
      > smething that does not grow too high or too quickly
      > something that does not grow dense mat across the garden
      > something that will survive a few winter frosts and dry summers
      > something that I can cut back but which will slowly works its was back to
      > health
      > something that will last a few years
      >
      > I have thought of various clovers. In my lawn I have Dutch/New Zealand white
      > clover which is ok but does run quite wild and is quite thick. A mate
      > suggested maybe red clover.
      >
      > My growing conditions.
      > 1200 mm average annual rainfall - most falling in winter
      > Winter - frosts (maybe 10-15 per year with perhaps -3 or 4 celcius at its
      > severe worst) highs less than 14 dgrees C.
      > Summer - dry between jan - march, average temp around 24 but highs from time
      > to time up around 28-30 and humid
      > Inland setting
      >
      > Any tentative suggestions welcomed. Thanks
      >
      > Rob
      .



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