Really Jeremiah Bailey is right to keep on talking of Masanobu Fukoakadon't know if i have written his name right, if you want to build up earth in places where the soil is lost and you have got down to stone his is one of the complete methods for building up lots of vegetable matter and the soil you buy for your pots is only vegetable matter that which i buy has no bits of sand in ti. then he really grows a lot in one year.
He was a soil scientist and plant pathologist who walking in the country found rice growing among other meadow plants and decided that he would grow it that way. He sowed rice oats and rye and clover all together in the autumn. The clover oats and rye grew, the cereals through the clover and he harvested the oats and rye in spring and put their straw
on the land
and there under so much vegetation and in the spring rains i suppose the rice was so snugly wet and humid that it germinated without the field being flooded or with a minimum of time flooded, this reduced or took away the necessity to use pesticides, which permiculture does not approve of, and notr do I they are cancerigenic, there being near to no water
critters, a great problem in rice growing apparently. Then he had the straw from the rice to feed
to his earth, so winter growing cereal and spring summer growing cereal all on the same patch twice as much vegetable matter not to mention the poor clover smothered under so much cereals.
His rice growing on land so full of vegetable matter had such full grains an dso many of them that the government wanted to patent his rice.
I write this for those who aren't really used to the computer, or arent used to using it as a encyclopedia and imagine it will tell you really complicated things and get scared of trying because this is not the case well if you write in this man name in google, you had better take the way its spelt from a piece of Jeremiah Baileys writing because i might have forgotten how you spell it, you will find a really short easy article and that from someone who probably knows more about him than i do.
clover and such beanish type of family things have little balls on their roots
full of nitrogen working bacteria, that fill your land full of nitrogen. I did biology at school i don't know what is to much detail and too little what everyone of course knows already. Thats why peas, clover, beans and such, all the plants from the family called leguminous which include broom for example, are, many of them, used for covercrops or green maures they are better green maures than other plants are or part of crops rotation systems, where you grow different crops so the critters that like wheat find themselves starved out when you plant potatoes and those of potatoes with wheat and you don't get a build up of critters that like one thing and you put in clover for one year to better the land and plough it into the land and so leave it full of nitrogen. If you grow beans instead of clover you can get a crop of beans and plough the rest of the plant into the ground except ploughing isn't especially good thing to do so just leave them where they fall to get incorporated the natural way.
If you are Masanobu then you put them in all together, maybe you end up with some critters problems. Maybe thats why Sepp Holzer
plants an even bigger variety of plants no monocultures, no just growing one thing, no enormous build up of the critteres that eat just that one thing.