Bryant RedHawk wrote:Sounds like a good plan Bobby.
Alfalfa is a soil builder as is buckwheat so that is a double duty crop set.
Don't forget that between the trees in the orchard you have the opportunity to grow vegetables or fruits like strawberries.
I know you will make it work like you want it to work.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Fukuoka san was very big on soil building through increased numbers of microorganisms, as am I.
If you can find some mushrooms that are soil dwellers (as opposed to wood dwellers), gather some up and create a slurry to spray over your soil, they will start the fungal highway which will help increase the bacterial numbers.
Using aerated compost teas will help increase all the microorganism numbers and getting that soil biota up to par is key to being able to grow things well.
Angelika Maier wrote:I think that the best thing under fruit trees are animals. Since most fruit trees are small these days any type of fowl. I really can see a difference under the trees with chooks and without.
I have't studied fukuoka yet but isn't there one main difference - Japan has a very active earth (volcanoes and earthquakes) which makes the soil very fertile. America and Europe come second in natural fertility and here in Australia the soils are poor and weathered. That means that the approaches have to be matched to the country. And Japan is very moist.