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Hey Ben!
I know that you have several paddy systems on your place, what do you like to plant in them (other than rice!)?

Also do you think that rice would work as a chicken harvested feed and would the stalks work as a fodder crop for cattle?

Lastly could one get the same benifits from a swale-paddy or is there a magic aspect ratio ( length/width) that gives a advantage?
 
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i recently saw a video, i thought it was linked to from permies but i cant seem to find it right away at the moment
but here is another video in which they grow azolla with the rice -acting sorta as a ground cover:
 
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great I'll check that out - polyculture 2 is better than just rice! it would be great to make a true polypaddy... guess that might just look like a soggy weed ditch
 
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well that video i saw had a third that grew a little higher, maybe by an inch or two tops than the duckweed, i think it was water chestnut but im not too certain aobut that - might have been watercress

also here is plants for a future's list of plants for an edible pond/bog garden, you could try growing a few of these along with the rice, get soem more diversity going...
 
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Great idea! where did the plant list go?
 
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oops ive been doing that a lot lately, forgetting to include the invisible link i refer to lolz
http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=79
 
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Wow thanks for the quick response ! I'll check that out in detail tomorrow
 
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no problem, best of luck with everything, do post a thread of your "plots" when you get them up please, always cool to see what other permies are doing with their knowledge
 
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Nice video!
Great looking rice.

We so far have only planted rice and azolla (not really planted but in there). We'd like to try others but have yet to ID them.
Swales could work if you could keep enough water in them to deter the weeds.
No magic ratios I know of...
 
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