- No cultivation of soil
- No chemical fertiliser or prepared compost
- No weeding by tillage or herbicide
- No dependence on chemicals
- Use natural biological and chemical processes to improve soil fertility, aeration and water holding capacity. Cultivation destroys microbiological, macrobiological (worms) and insect life in the soil as well as exposing the soil to oxidation and causing erosion and compaction, and so gradually destroys fertility.
- As above.... feed the microbes using mulch and manure, but compost is too strong.
- Cultivation exposes weed seeds, poor fertility also gives the weeds an advantage, so if you do number 1 and 2, you don't have as many weeds. Use self-seeding cover crops to suppress weeds.
- If you return to natural systems and use biological pest control (encourage diversity and predator insects) chemicals are not required.
|It does get a little bit philosophical for some farmers (photo source)|
Mr Fukuoka writes about thinking "what if I DO NOT do this?". I think is has been a really useful concept and together with close observation, much can be learnt by not doing conventional farming techniques and testing the consequences. For example, we left our forage sorghum crop in the ground after summer, to see what would happen, (What if we DO NOT plough our summer crop before winter?) and as our cultivation is above the frost, the sorghum survived and regrew the next year, it was good to know that was possible and maybe we can plan to take advantage of that in future.
|my do-nothing garden full of self-seeded parsley, mustard, and asian greens.|
Have you read One Straw Revolution? Any thoughts? Do you practice do-nothing farming? or gardening?
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