[Market-farming] Cloddy soil

Marc Winterburn marcw at iinet.net.au
Fri May 30 21:56:41 EDT 2003


April,
What method do you use to grow the sweet potato as a living mulch and with
what crops do you use them. I am interested in any living mulches that folks
use. Does it interfere with the day to day growing/ running of the vege
patch.
Kind Regards
Marc Winterburn
The Oz Chilli Man


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----- Original Message -----
From: "askpv" <askpv at ozemail.com.au>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 5:38 PM
Subject: RE: [Market-farming] Cloddy soil


> 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
> production.
> although the individual yield of some species may be lower.
> if the living mulch you incorporate is in itself a product, such as sweet
> potato,
> 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.
>
> April
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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,
> Alison
> 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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