Masanobu Fukuoka's book â€œThe One-straw Revolutionâ€
is an inspiring and intriguing treatise on low-work, no-till, completely organic â€œnaturalâ€ farming. Although his main pursuit is the production of rice in combination with rye and barley, he also gives some details of applying his philosophy to raising vegetables.
I wonder whether forum members may have used, or might experiment with, any (which?) of his techniques in growing garden vegetables. Which methods work well and with which plants? Some could be quite inappropriate; for instance in a small garden hereabouts, letting tomato vines go unstaked along the ground would result in lots of rotted fruit (as well as taking up too much real estate) and saving seed from carrots grown â€œwildâ€ would produce future crops riddled with Queen Anne's Lace.
Still, as an arthritis-plagued senior I'm entranced by the idea I could seriously reduce the amount of toil involved in vegetable growing. I'd love to hear the experiences and ideas of anyone who uses or intends to experiment with Mr Fukuoka's â€“ or similar labour saving â€“ methods.
Maybe we could form a group of One-Straw Revolutionaries