Pamela Smith wrote:I will be sure to add some clay to my trench pile. Clay is usually filled with many nutrients too. Thanks for the reminder.
kadence blevins wrote:perhaps you could figure something like in this link?
Thanks for the link. I was suspecting that planting forests like they *normally* grow would be a good thing: with lots of trees in a small space to immediately maximize the amount of water conserved. The price of such an endeavor is what is stopping me. It might work to plant the trees in a flat helix, starting at the center and going around and around but close together rather than plant a tree here, a tree there. I can see that having a small area on the property planted intensely would be more beneficial than spacing the same trees over a larger surface.
Our laws do not allow it but it would be wonderful if we were allowed to grow *industrial* hemp. It is only because of the term "cannabis" applies to both the industrial hemp and the marijuana drug that our idiotic Congressfolks want to keep it as a schedule 1, not allowed substance. I called Milwaukee, asking them to deregulate that crop, but they won't. And it is not like we never had a whole INDUSTRY of ropes and cordages made of hemp. If we want all the great advantages of hemp, WE HAVE TO IMPORT IT! This is unreal!
In sandy soil, industrial hemp would be extremely beneficial because it grows higher than a person in just one season, offering huge biomass advantages. And it is not like other countries are not taking advantage of their ability to grow hemp: In modern times hemp is used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction (as with Hempcrete and insulation), body products, health food and bio-fuel. We are sitting on the sidelines while others are taking this market. It could give us a lot of jobs in the process, too. For more information, you can just look at the wiki link here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp
I'm totally opposed to monocropping, but to just improve the soil and prepare it for an eventual forest, it would go so much faster to grow hemp.
charlotte anthony wrote:Many states are revising their growing laws concerning hemp, also cannibus, including oregon, washington, i believe north carolina. have wisconsin folk check them out. where are you located cecile. there are lots of trees that would work, lots of grasses as well. that link for the really fast forest did not work for me.
Rick Valley wrote:So I just read that the War On Drugs, according to Ehrlichman (Nixon's assistant) in a recent interview in Harper's, was all about demonizing Blacks (heroin) and hippies (cannabis) since both groups were against the Vietnam war, so- there's the rationale out in the open. We'll see what happens in the next ten years: the medicinal qualities of cannabis in helping some serious diseases has helped people see that the Emperor has no clothes. Not that I think broad scale planting of annuals is all that great a panacea- I doubt huge acreages of hemp will make all that much difference in reestablishing forests and megafauna like Gaia needs.
It is amazing if Wisconsin allows counties to declare a native tree invasive. Especially one as useful as Black Locust; the fact that it comes back from the roots is an advantage, not a problem.
Rick Valley wrote:Yes- burying wood is an excellent way to go; permaculture icons Masanobu Fukuoka and the lesser known R. T. Mazibuko in Southern Africa both found that wood was the most effective way to add soil carbon quickly. The fungi inoculation is the way to accelerate a desirable additional yield. The fungi needs nitrogen, and so woody nitrogen fixers- rhizobial and/or actinorhizal, will accelerate the process. The genera of primary interest would be: Robinia, Cladrastis, (Yellow Wood) Maackia, Caragana (and possibly Gleditsia and Gymnoclados) for rhizobial and Alnus, Eleagnus, Myrica, and Shepherdia for actinorhizal N-fixers. Research these and pass the candidates thru the filters of shade, additional yields, problems (thorns, legal, etc.) and availability, and you'll have your system just about designed. Bite it off in chunks you can deal with in a year, set up a farm nursery, and away you go.
Your microbe tea sounds a little like what I did in the garden with the big plastic barrel and bags of compost / chicken litter. Read above.
charlotte anthony wrote:you can add microbes, either from EM and mycorhizzal fungi or from microbe tea that you ferment from weeds on the sand (ideally) and you will have great soil in the same season. see my story above for how it worked for me in just one growing season. i have a lot more of the these stories. you can also grow nurse plants like fast growing nitrogen fixing trees or pigeon peas to give some shade (and lots more) to the plants and take these out and use them for mulch once the plants do not need them.
Rick Valley wrote:Charlotte is used to saying "EM", but she apparently does not know that searching on it doesn't bring up "effective microrganisms". It's from work by a prof. Higa from Okinawa, Japan, who is also the inventor of Bokashi.