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Natural Farming – from Dirt to Abundance in 126 days

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Natural farming means: no water, no fertilizer, no herbicides, no pesticides. The only thing a natural farmer needs is seeds. Inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka. The first clip was taken March 7, 2013

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  1. Natural Farming means;
    No weeding/herbicides
    No Pesticides
    No fertiliser
    Nothing to do with no water. Fukuoka used to flood his rice fields to manage the clover.

    Looks like a nice fertile garden.

  2. Nice tour. Please explain how the ‘no watering’ principle work? I live in a mediteranean climate in South Africa with very hot, dry summers, but am also interested in how it would work in a more arid area. Thanks!

  3. Interesting but surely the amount of irrigation (from none to lots) depends on various factors such as the climate zone, amount of annual rainfall, humidity of air, amount of direct sunlight, intensity of sun, type of soil, amount of mulch/shade, etc…

    What may work in one place may not work in another place!

  4. We could not successfully establish fruit and nut trees here without considerable irrigation for the first 2-3 years at least. Nor would we be able to grow any annual vegetables nor many perennials either. With low rainfall, flat land, free draining soil and long hot summers with 40+ C temps and northerly winds, watering is a given. Getting it down to a minimum is the challenge.

  5. Yep – I’m with TariqD and Danielle – definitely not a dryland garden! I’ve experienced this kind of garden when I lived in Michigan and Wisconsin – cold climates with abundant rainfall. Here in Phoenix, AZ if I planted that type of garden (same species) I’d have nothing but crispy critters within days. That being said, I LOVE the challenge of living in a dryland and coaxing an abundance of green with as little water as possible.

  6. A heavy layer of woodchip mulch will definitely reduce the need to water greatly but it will not suffice in drought conditions such as much of North America experienced during the 2012 summer. Additionally, the structure of the soil has an impact on the need to water. Soil that is rich in humus retains water better than soil that is deficient in humus.

    The power of mulch should not be overlooked although it often is. What happens in the edge between the soil and the woodchips is significant – lots of decomposition going on, lots of fungal activity.

    Re: your comments about rainwater, have you done a water test to see exactly what is in the rainwater? If not, I suggest that you are fitting reality to what you want to believe.

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