The rice growing project for 2010 is underway.
Due to various circumstances, I didn't follow M. Fukuoka One Straw Revolution method as strictly as I wanted. No sowing barley in the fall, couldn't keep the paddy dry enough and clover died off, and didn't get around to scattering rice straw or making seedballs, etc.
What I did with Koshihikari Paddy was to strip the leaves and leaf stems from the Edamame (grown along one side of the paddy) and toss them in the paddy when they were cut at ground level. Soy hay? They decomposed over the winter.
I did toss clover seeds in the paddy in early spring, but they failed to grow due to repeated flooding. I direct seeded on April 14th and lightly mulched with Wheat Bran. I covered the 4'x4' paddy with two 24"x12" pop-up umbrella-type vinyl tents.
Carolina Gold Paddy was also neglected, even more so, though I did scatter rice straw in that paddy. It was also direct seeded on April 14th and mulched. I did not cover this paddy.
I noticed some rice seedlings were growing in K-Paddy on 4/29.
As of yesterday, which was 100% last frost, the Koshihikari seedlings are about 4~6" tall. The paddy has been kept flooded since last week and a school of minnows and goldfish for mosquito control added. Carolina Gold, as far as I can tell, have not sprouted yet.
This year, I sowed Sugar Daddy snap peas along the back of the K-Paddy along with Arugula.
And a selection of lettuce and brassica transplants along one side, and, though you can't see them, a double row of onions on the other side of the mound.
The front of the paddy is planted with a mixture of Kohlrabi, carrots, spinach, and onions, and I just sowed some Patti Pan squash seeds (no photo).