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Re: BD Now! Re.green manures-cover crops, tropical biointensive
Velvet bean, or mucuna, will provide plenty of ground
Look into millet / sorghum-sudan as biomass-producing
cereals and grasses, or similar local cereal grains.
Look into cowpeas or similar local bushy legumes.
You might need to to chop or mow whatever you grow, prior to
incorporation. Compost tea or the BD Field Starter, applied to
green biomass prior to incorporation, will enhance decomposition
and conversion to soil humus.
Some really excellent resources for tropical cover crops and soil
TropSCORE -- Tropical Soil Cover and Organic Resources Exchange
On-line Extension Material: Cover Crops/Green Manure/Fallows
for smallscale farming in the tropics
(MOIST) -- The Management of Organic Inputs in Soils of the Tropics
Cover Crops in Hillside Agriculture: Farmer Innovation with Mucuna
"With the fertilizer bean, cowardly land becomes brave."
Teodoro Reyes, La Danta, Honduras
Interestingly, I'm doing something similar with biointensive
beds..... 12 beds at 20' x 5' each, using 2' pathways.
Mostly salad greens is what I am planning to plant
there. (when weather chills a bit)
As green manures I am also considering a local dwarf
sorghum and Daikon radish. Good for "under growth".
Any kind of hemp in this neighborhood will create too
much of a fuzz :)
There are other legumes being used around here, but
not good enough for elevated beds IMO (canavalia,
velvet beans, Leucaena and a number of local legumes)
they grow in trellises or tall bushes, not close
enough to the soil and not producing much leaves)
Thanks for your help, any more?
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