erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Mon Apr 2 09:53:11 EDT 2007
I like JJ. I don't think of him as the master of double digging, and I
never took to that method, except for my asparagus bed when I first set
it up. It is only a 4x10 foot bed, but that was enough double digging
for me. I think of JJ as the master of intensively planted crops. I
use the tables in his book all the time. I should, probably, have it
memorized by now. I can never seem to grow enough of certain things to
last a year, and I like that he basically gives yields for stuff, so I
can plan accordingly. I may not get his yield, but it gives me an idea
As for this mulch thread in general, I use rotting, half composted waste
hay that I rake up from around the hayring in the horse pasture. I
don't have weed seed issues because first of all, I am careful about
whose hay I rake, and secondly, I keep on mulching, layer upon layer,
and the heat generated from decomposition generally kills any weed
seeds. Other unwanted seed germination is easily pulled because there
is very little actual soil.
Gene GeRue wrote:
> On Apr 1, 2007, at 5:38 PM, Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
>> I used to be a true devotee of Bro.
>> John Jeavons and dug those 4' wide 24" deep trenches with a shovel,
>> he too recommends loosening the bottom with a fork). Experience
>> gave my
>> grave misdoubts about the use of such extreme digging.
> Let us reason it out. What are the possible benefits of deep digging?
> I can think of superior drainage, aeration, superior root
> penetration. Anything else, save archeological finds? As James notes,
> four to six inches, certainly eight inches, is all most roots need. I
> grow nothing that needs 24" for roots. Seriously deep-rooted plants,
> say alfalfa, are very strong and push their roots through native,
> compacted soil.
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