Let me review in greater detail the annual seeding and harvesting schedule in
these fields. In early October, before the harvest, white clover and the seeds of fast-
growing varieties of winter grain are broadcast among the ripening stalks of rice
(White clover is sown about one pound per quarter acre; winter grains 6½ to 13
pounds per quarter acre. For inexperienced farmers or fields with hard or poor soil,
it is safer to sow more seed in the beginning. As the soil gradually improves from the
decomposing straw and green manure, and as the farmer becomes more familiar with
the direct seeding non-cultivation method, the amount of seed can be reduced.). The
clover and barley or rye sprout and grow an inch or two by the time the rice is ready
to be harvested. During the rice harvest, the sprouted seeds are trampled by the feet of
the harvesters, but recover in no time at all. When the threshing is completed, the rice
straw is spread over the field.
If rice is sown in the autumn and left uncovered, the seeds are often eaten by
mice and birds, or they sometimes rot on the ground, and so I enclose the rice seeds in
little clay pellets before sowing.
For myself, I will plant several honey locust trees, a korean nut pine and a few sweet acorns so that my sugar and staples needs will be covered in case it becomes impossible to import them later on. I'll leave the yearly work of growing grains to others and content myself with harvesting