Every so often I read Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One Straw Revolution to about gardening, and has clearly influenced the permaculture farming movement, too. Fukuoka’s approach is considered one of the key inspirations to both the organic farming and permaculture movements. This approach does not use. This is a fairly recent video about the Natural Farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka () that was produced by one of his former.

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Masanobu Fukuoka Photo credit. But his book taught me a lot about gardening, and has clearly influenced the permaculture farming movement, too. Masanobu Fukuoka was an interesting guy. All of these are certainly good practices that I generally follow. If the weed is a true weed, then it will gradually disappear when you balance the soil. The richer you make the soil, the better it grows. It has deep rhizomes. It uses huge amounts of energy.

Sometimes you have to weigh things up. I talked to Elaine Ingham about what happens to glyphosate and she said that the bacteria eat it right up as long as you still have fkuoka life in your soil. The warmth of the soil is also important. It only takes three days in a good Texas soil to get rid of Roundup, but it can take up to 18 months in Canada, where the soils are cold.

I also talked to Dr Don Marks. He was the first guy to really do a lot of research on mycorrhizal fungi. He has won all kinds of awards for his work. When you use glyphosate as soon as that plant stops photosynthesising and not delivering sugars to the fungi, it immediately puts out spores. Me, putting all that carbon dioxide into the air, wearing out a tractor, oxidizing all of that carbon from the soil or using a little glyphosate in the right way?

If you have to use glyphosate, use it permacultuge night to avoid drift with the thermal rise in the morning. I use an ounce of molasses per gallon permacultire mix. It acts as a sticker but it also provides energy for the microbes to break down the glyphosate. And yet I emailed two people who are very knowledgeable about mycorrhizal fungi the manufacturer of the fungi I use and the manufacturer of another very high quality mycorrhizal product. Interesting that most commenters are focusing on the glyphosate issue from Mr.

Beck rather than the rest of the article, which is all about not using chemicals.

Feel free to debate amongst yourselves — just please be respectful of each other. Marks has some flawed permacultyre here. When I took the Organic Master Gardener Course with Gaia College there was no point where the facilitator or the book by Heide Hermary, Working with Nature advised to ditch organic practices and use chemicals. This is a truth which I have permwculture even prior the course, but reinforced by the science behind the education.


Anyone who has won numerous awards for his work by the scientific community is suspect in my books. They are destroyed by chemicals and salt based fertilizers. Read the research from the U of S. If you till every time you see a weed as is the practice of some farmers, AMF populations will fall. Anyone who suggests that microbes eat roundup are disillusion at best! It appears to disappear, however any application of phosphorus will stimulate its union. Glyphosate is just bad. By the way, Monsanto just registered the stuff as an antibiotic.

Possible advice for our Texan friend would permaaculture to apply AMF to soil after each tillage operation. Johnson grass grows well in soils that have no low available calcium, high potassium, high magnesium, low humus, and low beneficial bacteria. Stuff is banned all the time. The problem is no one is offering scientific evidence. Dr Huber is known to duck and leave the room when challenged. All testing done so far have been considered junk science.

Would I use either? Absolutely not, glyphosate- there are alternatives that may be safer, GMO creeps me out, they are trying to play God. I have mostly henbit and chickweed growing in my garden. I have noticed that where I have left the weeds, the plants I put in are thriving. Where I have eliminated them, those plants are so-so with the exception of chives.

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I am allowing weeds as an experiment having noticed my flowers do better when there are weeds. Would like your opinion, Phil. They improve the permacultuee and invite beneficial organisms into the area, among other things. Definitely feel free to leave the weeds and only control the ones that get too big. You can read some very damning information about it below.

You have inspired me to grow organic. How do I deal with onion grass? Chris, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. If you want to get rid of it, you pretty much have to dig it up to get the bulbs out, which does persistence because each little piece of bulb left in the soil will produce more grass.

I liked their methods of research as they did several trials in different locations with different weeds and different veg: Soils were happy, veg were big and nutritious, when the weeds were suppressed for 6 weeks after the veg germinated. After that, the weeds were very beneficial to the growth of the veg.

Sorry, but Muster Beck can stick this rotten advice you know where. You are saying roundup is ok to use? You should buy a microscope and see for yourself how it kills the very microbes you are trying to build. With soil tests we have conducted even after 6 months the soil was dead.


One-Straw Revolution

Do some proper research and not from some one that is most likely on the take from Monsanto and the like. Shame on you for calling your self an Organic Gardener.

The permacculture is absorbed and appears in foods for humans. We need these microbes to remain healthy and stay alive.

Bacteria have the chemical cycles that are destroyed by Roundup, so they die. In the past antibiotics have been killing our probiotic bacteria.

Now Roundup has joined the attack. Haha Gardenmonk…I love the quote.

But your quote was perfect…somethings we can study too much on a topic where there exist such variability from one garden to the next when practicing organic gardening. Bentonite clay is good. You can find it online or in supply stores for a few different uses — best to search online.

But personally, I have enough clay in my soil to just use my soil, so you might try that. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. As a result, he came up with 4 main principles: Instead of tilling to make a seed bed, he sowed his seed right on top of the soil. He thought chemical fertilizers and compost to be generally not in line with nature.

What I Learned From Masanobu Fukuoka

Instead of tilling to control weeds, he flooded his fields with water as is done when growing ricewhich also weakened the weeds. Instead permsculture spraying pesticides, he allowed pests and diseases to stick around and even take out a small part of his crop in order to encourage their predators to come in and eventually strike a balance.

My Thoughts Masanobu Fukuoka was an interesting guy. In the long run, I tend to focus more on mulching on top of the soil as Fukuoka did, rather than tilling. I could go on about this, but the bottom line is one or the other or a combination will be right for you. Hmm, makes you think right?

Has advantages and disadvantages. May or may not be appropriate for your situation. Conrad Hein on May 10, at 3: Guest on May 10, at 4: Claudia on May 10, at 5: Phil on May 12, at Claudia on May 13, at 5: Thanks, Phil, I appreciate all your help immensely.

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