- It depends on the crops, Dieter. As I said before, squash only need 1/100th of the area improved and irrigated.Read me previous post.
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>> fields in one small area for use as compost and mulch for a number of
>> This is suitable for gardening but not for farming. The size of the
>> is further limited by the water available for irrigation. In the summer I
>> can irrigate ¼ acre, which is less than 1% of the total area. Again this
>> not feasible in farming. With plowing a farmer can use 100% of his land
>> even without irrigation.
>> The myth that nature will create a garden all by itself is also not
>> The quasi virgin soil between the fields (2f) with soil that has probably
>> not been disturbed for centuries produces only half of what the improved
>> garden soil or the plowed fields produce.
>> Nor is it correct to assume that soil will improve of its own simply by
>> stopping to plow. After 12 years without plowing the soil is still as
>> as ever.
>> Dieter Brand
>> Portugal, April 4, 2009