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 by Shawn from Ohio, USA

 I have a small garden, for a couple of year I ploughed it. I noticed every year it become more compacted than the year before. So I stopped ploughing it. I noticed even throughout the year my soil is less compacted.
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by Robin from Virginia, USA

For those of us who feel a need to “take care of what I already have” before buying additional plants and seeds i notice that there are quite a few wild “scrub trees” like black locust, wild cherry, persimmon, black walnut and several others whose names allude me right now, coming up on my grounds, in places where i’ve stopped mowing. (sorry, i don’t know the scientific names either, but pretty much any tree like this will work); they seem to appear around tall weeds. when i come across one of these seedlings, i try to favor it. Read the rest of this entry »

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by Raju from India

Anything which cover land can be used as ground cover crop. Suppose your land is covered by grass ,you can easily grow leguminous crops like Cow pea ,Black gram, Soybean etc. without tilling. But for Wheat or any grass family grain, non grass cover is essential. Cow pea,Black gram,Soy been,Vecth etc. can be used as ground cover crop seasonal. Read the rest of this entry »

You Are Therefore I Am–A Declaration On Dependence   -p.169

” The Sage of India have for millennia lived in the forests. They cultivated no gardens, hunted no animals, and lived on wild fruits of the forest while meditating on the nature, learning from nature and teaching their students about the mystery on nature.” said Vandana Shiva.

 



 


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fukuoka_farming/message/6552

by Raju from India

When we were in third year of natural way of farming Fukuoka visited our farm and advised do not cut leguminous trees for mulch because it provide nitrogen by roots and keep land moist, need not to give extra water to crops. Read the rest of this entry »

http://www.goodnewsindia.com/index.php/Supplement/article/seed-balls-for-greening-india/

The idea has its origins in the agriculture practiced by the legendary Masanobu Fukuoka and made popular by his book, ‘One Straw Revolution’. There he describes his ‘no cultivation’ farming. Apart from not ploughing, Fukuoka took to encasing his grain seeds in clay and broadcasting them freely. The seeds lie safely out of reach of birds and ants and dissolve out of the cast and germinate soon as it rains. Read the rest of this entry »

http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=96-P13-00048#feature4

interview with Jim Bones

BATTER UP: THROWING SEEDBALLS!

CURWOOD: All around us from small patches of erosion along roadsides to broad expanses of overused land, we know places where nothing much seems to grow. A few forlorn weeds, maybe, but most plants, like most people, like company. Seeding these bare spots can be expensive and frustrating as anyone who’s tried to start a lawn will tell you. But there is a little-known Japanese technique for habitat restoration that’s both cheap and easy. It’s called seedballing. Seed balls are small balls of clay encasing soil and seeds. They can be thrown just about anywhere, and when they are watered they give their seedlings a strong start. Folks are trying it now in northern New Mexico, including Native Americans and Federal agencies. Landscape photographer Jim Bones is promoting the seedballs, and as John Burnett reports, Mr. Bones is trying to prove that complex problems need not have complex solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

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by Raju from India

More than 20 yrs ago I was also in your position wanted self-sufficiency through land. First I tried modern scientific way of agricultuer, my land become desert and am bankrupt. Than I read One Straw Revolution written by Masnobu Fukuoka a natural farmer of Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

試譯自:
The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

肥料

我曾和土壤地力專家聊天時問到, “如果一塊地放任自然,地力會增加或削減?“ ,他們通常沈思,然後說,“這個嘛,我看看…地力會削減。不,當你記得水稻在同一塊田裡耕種很長的一段時間而沒有施肥,每四分之一英畝產量約為525磅(9 bushels)。地力會既不增加又不減少。

這些土壤地力專家們指的是被犁過且灌滿水的水田。如果一塊自然的土地任其自由生長,地力會增加。動植物的有機殘餘累積並在土表被細菌及霉菌分解。隨著雨水,養分被帶到土壤更深處,成為微生物、蚯蚓和其他小動物的食物。植物的根伸到土壤下層將養分帶回土表。

如果你想了解大自然肥沃的地力,到山裡走走,看看不用犁田,不需肥料長成的大樹。自然的力量,超乎我們的想像。 Read the rest of this entry »

試譯自:
The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

耕田

當土壤被犁田翻土,自然環境已不知不覺地改變。這個行為造成的反撲,成為許多農人的惡夢。例如,當一個自然區域被犁過田,常常長滿了諸如升馬唐及羊蹄(dock)等非常強悍的野草。當這些野草拔得頭籌,農人們就面臨了一個不可能的任務,年年除草。往往,這樣的土地被視為不可耕種而放棄。

面對這樣的問題,可行的方式是,停止犁田這樣不自然的行為所帶來的第一傷害。農人也必須負起責任,彌補他造成的傷害。犁田翻土必須停止。如果用將稻梗放回田裡,遍撒三葉草等溫和的措施取代使用化學農藥和機器進行你死我亡的大戰,環境將回歸到其自然的平衡,甚至令人頭疼的野草也可以獲得控制。

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