The scything reminds me of nettles.
I have 3 hectares just near my house in France. We keep 7 horses, 1
goat, 3 chickens, 3 dogs, 2 cats.
I used to think of nettles as my enemies - there were faily large areas
where they would dominate.
Until I realised I can make use of them and then I couldn't wait for
them to grow fast enough!
I would cut them with a scythe, spread them around on the ground and 2-3
days later I would give them to the horses who did not leave anything on
I guess they loved the iron inside the nettles:=)
Farm with your heart
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>production can be
> To all,
> The scythe is the fundamental tool for Natural
> Farming. Its application in the garden is the cutting of green
> material to be added to the garden rows or growing areas. Fukuoka said
> that he kept the cut materials long and not shredded or chopped. This
> simple tool supplies you with all of the mulching materials needed for
> successful plant growth. The scythe can also be used to harvest hay
> and grain crops by hand. The hay can be used for mulch or litter for
> the chickens or animal fodder. When I talk about scything I call it
> the âfuture of farmingâ. Fields not in vegetable
> cut and maintained easily with the scythe. Also the orchard can be
> maintained. The scythes I have found to be the best are the European
> type. These can be obtained in the states through www .scythesupply.
> com.These are great people, organic csa/elder share farmers. These
> blades are very light weight and extremely sharp so that cutting is
> quite easy, much better than the American version. The aerobic
> exercise is an added benefit. Once the rhythm of cutting is learned it
> becomes very enjoyable. The old rule of thumb was that one man could
> cut one acre a day.
> Thank you, Steve G.