Jack Edmondson wrote:Bill,
It sounds like you have success similar to what I would like. As stated, it will be silvopasture; but I am striving for a polyculture and hoping the clover will give a 'carpet to cover the ground' under and around other plantings. I was initially leaning towards a dutch white as it would not shade out everything else; but will have to do more research. The crimson will give me what I need for this season with no downside risk.
I plan to no till. I want to experiment using equipment to lightly scratch the surface no deeper than an inch to plant pasture crops. For now, I will stick with small seed that can be incorporated on the surface to a half an inch. In the spring I plan to let the heat terminate the crop. In the fall, I will likely broadcast and cultipack so the residue helps set the next crop.
When you planted peas what depth did you plant. From what I can gather "too deep" seems to be the most common mistake. Since I am not working the ground, that should not be a problem for me. However in the spring I plan to try larger seeds, like Sunn Hemp and Cow Pea. I want to make sure I am not too shallow. Thoughts or experiences?
Thank you for your input. Great idea on the polyculture
Eric Hanson wrote:Jack,
The reason I ask is that if you plan to garden or plant other crops then I would aim for annuals in your seed mix. I am a bit concerned about the use of clover. Please don’t misunderstand me, clover can be a great cropping and is wonderful for soil, but once you have it, you have it for good.
As a possible replacement, I was thinking about Austrian Winter Peas. These are annual legumes and will act much like clover will.
S Bengi wrote:I think that it is good that it is public and so people are nicer.
I can see how some folks on the more "prepper" who like their privacy wouldn't want to talk about their plans and project to the public. Or those who engage in civil disobedience by installing a greywater system or composting toilet might not want everything out in the open.
Similar to how we have biweekly themes/book give away here on permies, it might be nice to have 24 or 12 themes per year. And semililar amount of in person workshop. Do charge for the workshop but offer sliding rate scholarship aka full scholarship. Make your facebook post picture/infograph heavy
S Bengi wrote:I would encourage you to send out daily posts. Each with a little tidbit of permaculture gold.
If you become the "expert" you will be able to better facilitate these discussions. Post picture of project that you are doing or that you see on the web.
This could also be the be nice policy of the group, after too many heated conversation the defacto solution was to just talk about fluff stuff. I like hosting workshops with my own local group.
T Melville wrote:I no longer use facebook, but I have a thought (or two) that might be helpful. Is the facebook group open to be joined by anyone? Or at least any local? If so, maybe post a link here. Maybe you'll get more members who are used to how we do things here.
Also, maybe post permies links there? Maybe that exposes some folks to how we do things here. Maybe if you can't have the discussion you want on facebook, you can move it here. Maybe some facebookers learn to "be nice". Maybe if I try hard enough, I can squeeze in one more "maybe"...