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sowing into a field of green manure?

 
Isabelle Gendron
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Hi,

Just to explain a bit...We bought a house last year. There is at least 6 hectars of planting fields that have not been planted for the last 15 years. but they have been cut. Last fall we decided to have 3 hectars till and this spring we sowed (well somebody came here for that) a mixt of 3 littles seeds green manure and a cover crop of barley and oats. This fall I cut the cover crop and of course I still have the green manure since I don't want to rototill...BUTTTT

Since we wanted to have a small fruits plantations but changed our mind I was woundering if it will be possible for me to hand sew next summer? Now it is mostly clover but I don't want to let the field grow naturally again since we paid a lot of money to till and sow...You think the seed would germinate?

What would you do?

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Isabelle Gendron
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Ok I found something with Fukoka and his little balls for sewing...keep reading
 
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Isabelle Gendron
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I will lokk at it thanks.

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I suppose you could sow with an eye to your weather. I get best results when I sow just before a thunderstorm, but then I scatter the seeds without the seed balls. The storm pounds the seeds into the ground between the (mown) blades of grass.

I just watched yet another clip on seed balls, and I saw that his seed balls were larger than my seed balls. Perhaps that is why he looks to get better results. My plants looked like they were not getting enough water, and a larger seed ball would hold more moisture until the roots were into the soil.
 
Isabelle Gendron
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Yes this is an option...I think I will give a try to the seeds ball on a small part of the field and try hand seeding another part....we will see if their is a lot of difference between the 2.

Thank you
 
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