Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Evaluation of few Clovers

I was looking for a right cover crop with rice, wanted to try white clover which Fukuoka san had tried, but two times seed didn't even germinate. Recently got seeds of white clover, yellow clover and crimson clover and one more (to be identified), in exchange with Happy Hill rice seeds and to my surprise all of them germinated.






Happy Hill rice - 2017

Happy hill rice was put in small scale to maintain seeds. I put lot of seeds in the paddy field in the farm, but it was too early in the summer and by the time rain started all the seeds were eaten by termites or some other insects.



Happy hill rice and some clover varieties on trial, yellow clover and white clover. 



Hopefully will have some seeds to share to other people also.

2nd season rice crop - 2017

8-October-2017
Since first crop was not successful, thought of doing 2nd rice crop since otherwise I have to buy rice from market.

Puddled using tractor guage wheel and planning to use direct seeded SRI to save water.














Monday, October 9, 2017

Farm at the end of rainy season - 2017

This year rain was slightly better than the last year..Here are the different crops as of now..

 

Some heads of 'Koorkka' (don't know the english name), planted using cuttings





Banana variety called 'Attu nethran', since it is near to the house, gets some frequent doses of cowdung



This coconut tree was lost in the summer, it was one of the best yielding tree




Colacasia 



Another variety of banana called 'Poovan'



Pappaya grows good


Tree badly effected in summer, not recovered yet



Banana - sunhemp is put around these and they are slowly growing 






Sunhemp magic, they grow through the grass






Fig and pepper on it, pruned it once, but its natural growth affected and tree has more diseases now



A banana circle, scattered fresh cowdung around, and they are responding well


Pigeon pea and coconut plant, scattered sunhemp seeds around 




Pureria cover crop, if not controlled they are a threat to young plants... 



Pepper




Subabul taking over some areas