[Market-farming] Cloddy soil

askpv askpv at ozemail.com.au
Fri May 30 05:38:55 EDT 2003

in Permaculture the total yield of a site is considered as well as the
reduction in losses (of good soil in the wind during those droughts, or
during flooding rains)
the total yield of a site increases when there is greater diversity of
although the individual yield of some species may be lower.
if the living mulch you incorporate is in itself a product, such as sweet
then you have two products and soil conditioning and erosion control.
the sweet potato is extremely easy to grow in a wide range of climates and
does not need mowing,
the leaves are eaten as a vegetable in Asian cooking and the tubers common
in many cultures.

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-----Original Message-----
From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Wiediger,
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 1:33 AM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: RE: [Market-farming] Cloddy soil

Something else to consider:  I did some research on "living mulches" several
months ago because it seems like a great idea to me to keep the soil between
the rows covered.  Most of what I found indicated that there was a
measurable yield decrease when living mulches were used.  They can also be
problematic during a drought (our drip tape reaches the crops, but not
between the rows), and unless the cover grows very quickly, the weeds will
far outgrow it, and you need some method (mowing perhaps) for keeping them
in check.

We have found that when we work soil a little too wet, it does tend to be
cloddy, and not kind to my bare feet for most of the season (depending upon
rains), but the crops don't really seem to mind and some extra organic
matter (hay or straw mulch) will go a long way toward helping next season.

Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm

> ----------
> From: 	Marie Kamphefner[SMTP:kampy at grm.net]
> Reply To: 	Market Farming
> Regards to the list:
> I was thinking the buckwheat gets really tall and would take away too
> much from the tomatoes?  I wasn't using any scientific reasoning (not
> that I could even if I wanted to) - just a gut feeling.
> If you run across that web site, please let me know, ok?  Thanks.
> Marie in Missouri

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