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Hi, first I know nothing about permaculture. Thought it might be farming in the permafrost. Or maybe something women do to their hair. (cure for baldness?) But this guy masanobu fukuoka obviously learned a lot. He grew some rice among other things, which by coincidence brings us directly to my question: I bought a little bit of land on the North Coast and there is mostly swampland there, and I was wondering if one could perhaps just buy a few sack of rice and throw them in - sink or swim matey - Do you think anything would come up? Or are there better alternatives for swampland? Or maybe no alternatives? Will swampland ever be trendy?
 
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Great idea!
I've been thinking about wild rice too. My uncle grows it off and on. I have no idea how he does it.
I used to hate it, but now the idea of wild rice, and some adult tastings of it, make me want to incorporate it if I could.
William
 
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first off wild rice and rice fukuoka grew and most of us eat are different.

wild rice as we know it is Zizania aquatica

the rice most people eat is Oryza sativa

does your swamp have flowing water? sun? how deep is the water? each type of rice will require a different place to grow.

things to consider
 
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I realise that you're thinking on wild rice but I'm thinking the principle is the same. I did a little experiment last season with rice grown 'upland' style. I put brown rice bought from the grocery store into pots with heavy soil and kept that soil moist at ALL times though not in a paddy field type sense. The grains germinated well, grew strongly, and put on flower/seed spikes and I looked forward to our little harvest. However, the flower/seed heads didn't ever form new seed so I guess the variety was a sterile hybrid. So, check that sack that you're thinking of just scattering.
 
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wild rice should be grown from plants, not seeds..some of the water garden catalogs carry the plants, I got a few in the spring last year and put in my pond think the link was www.trickers.com
 
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Wild rice (for food) is out-of-this-world expensive here.
http://www.emporioecologico.it/alimentari/pasta-e-riso/riso-integrale/riso-selvatico-canadese-1.html

I saw it for 35.35 euros ($44.97) for a 1 kg bag.

Needless to say, I didn't buy it. Would rather wait a few years and grow it.
William
 
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