Sunday, 26 August 2012

Current status of the vegetable plantation after mulching (natural/organic farming)

Here is the current status of the vegetable plantation after mulching. We have heavy grasses in our farm and we are cutting those grasses and mulching on the stage that we had prepared for the vegetables.


(Sorry for incorrect English in the video as I was not feeling well at the time of recording due to my finger cut)

We have planted following vegetables on the stage/trenches or raised beds

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Radish
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Tomato
  5. Lady finger
  6. Bitter guard
  7. Sim (a kind of beans)
  8. Beans
There are many benefits of mulching as you might have read about and some of them I am listing here on top of my head right now.


  1. It helps to retain moisture in the soil for longer duration that helps life of several useful insects in the soil
  2. It controls the temperature; in winter keep the soil warm and in summer keep the soil cool for the insects
  3. It decreases the need of watering/irrigation frequently
  4. It stops the weeds from germinating
  5. It stops the growth of grasses
  6. As it helps life of several useful insects in the soil and those insects keep tilling the land so no tillage is required in the mulched soil
  7. Mulches ultimately decompose itself and becomes a very good natural compost and works as a fertilizer (not chemical)
  8. You get all above FREE !!!
As said in the video, I have a lot of grasses in the farm if anyone can give me an idea on how to sow seeds on these grass fields I would be really grateful.

Thanks for reading and watching.
Regards

6 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your little finger, Rameshwari. Happy to know that your enthusiasm has not waned. Keep up the good work and keep posting. All the best.

    (PS your English is perfect)

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  2. I think mulching should utilise much of the grasses. If you still have some more, you can always use them to make charcoal or feed them in a biogas plant (if you have one). Charcoal making is cheap and relatively easy. You'll have to first cut the grasses and keep them for drying. Once dried, 100 Kg grass will yield around 30-35 Kg charcoal. You'll find lots of videos on youtube on how to make charcoal and then briquetting it. Charcoal is cleaner burning fuel compared to wood and can even be used indoors.

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  4. Hi Manu,

    Thanks and thanks for the suggestion about Charcoal.

    Regards

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    1. Sure. I should add that if making charcoal into briquettes and then using it for cooking in a charcoal stove isn't appealing, there's another use.

      You could just sprinkle the charcoal on soil (won't need to make briquettes in this case). This would increase the organic carbon in the soil and increase its water retention capacity. Some people say over the long term charcoal improves soil quality better than compost or manure.

      See

      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89562594

      http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/a-23-2008-05-05-voa3-83135627/128136.html

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  5. Here is my idea...iam not a farmer yet.....take a small piece land with thick grass ...cut the grass and leave in situ, that is do not remove the cut grass...half of this area, throw in the tur dal seeds, evenly, a la fukuoka style. Rest of the half of the field make a small holes or dibble as they say and drop few seeds in each hole. Iam assuming the soil is moist or wet, from the monsoon rains. Let the seeds sprout, hope a small drizzle of rain falls after you plant them, natural irrigation!. Now once they sprout maybe in a week or later, cut grass from other parts of your field and lay them on this specific area, lightly. It may act as mulch and hold the moisture. Cutting the grass acts as mulch, the next layer protects the moisture. I have divided the field into 2 parts, to test fukuoka style and seeding style. In case you get good harvest do not clear the area, just throw some other seeds and cut back or let the old plants(tur dal) fall to the ground and act as mulch. As fukuoka prescribed let the land always be covered with some greenery..plant/grass.

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