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At Rasulia we had no human men or or creed. We regarded Nature as our guru. To grow, we tried to learn to hear and observe Nature. We believed that seeking the truth collectively as a community would keep us on the right track and open all doors for us. There were about 20 persons in our group: men and women, young and old, illiterate and highly schooled, mostly very poor people hailing from rural villages. Together we had begun to ponder over the ways in which we did things, particularly agriculture. All of us were skeptical and ready to change.
Entirely through trial and error, in four years, we had achieved the following. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides was totally banned on our land. This was by no means an easy decision for a farm where earlier large doses of chemical fertilizers had been applied to Mexican dwarf wheat to produce ...
One of the lessons we learned at Rasulia was that the popular beliefs about weeds are false and we should think of weeds as friends, not enemies. When the earth is dug up and exposed to rain, sun and wind it begins to erode. Then, nature's most effective tool to check erosion is a mulch of dead leaves or living plants. It has been found that one reason weeds come so persistently to cultivated lands is because they are cultivated. As soon as we stop cultivation weeds become redundant and lose vigour.
At Rasulia we found that all crops benefited from a ground cover whether it were made of straw, leaves or the right types of living plants. Often, the so-called weeds in fact feed their hosts by fixing nitrogen in nodules on their roots. They soften and aerate the soil; often they also repel harmful insects. We collected seeds of suitable weeds and planted them with our crops to provide ground cover. Wherever I go I advise people to mulch their vegetable and flower plots. If people learn this simple useful habit they can save themselves enormous amount of labour. Huge amounts of organic material will be recycled. Piles of 'garbage' will disappear. 'Vegetable production will increase. Soil will become healthier. Even flowers will be prettier.
Domesticated food plants lose their natural vigor. To continue to survive, they require human intervention in the form of ploughing and weeding. That is why farmers start by ploughing their fields. But there are many other ways to plant and raise a crop. One that we found very effective was to take advantage of hardy leguminous plants such as clover, tur, and soyabeans.
Originally posted by iLoGiCViZiOnS
I was wonder OP do you know anything about Birch Tree healing? You see one time I got a hold of some of this stuff in a jar a friend gave me from this native guy who made it. It was awesome and I would like to know more about it if you can.
Originally posted by Trower
reply to post by Asktheanimals
Thanks for the info. here is a great source www.eattheweeds.com...
It's hosted by a guy named Green Dean. He has videos on YouTube and there is a wealth of knowledge on his site. Thanks again OP
Originally posted by HenryPatrick
dont let tptb know about these valuable plants, or this might happen...and that would be terrible...
Originally posted by Time2Think
Sort of random but are there any other hidden properties of Clover too at all? I had a habit of chewing on several different plants as a kid... maybe there was more to it than I realized.
Originally posted by Time2Think
And to go even further off the deep end, is there any correlation at all of these plants (or any other types of nature) being foTeund in specific locations more than others, say... a "haunted house"?
Similar farming practices have also been found to exist in different parts of he world. For instance, all over
North America, Indians planted corn, beans, squashes and other vegetable by dibbling. They did not even possess the plough. No wonder the Europeans found the soil rich and healthy even after 50,000 years of use by the Indians. Elsewhere on the same continent, where more civilized tribes used the plough, the soil had turned to sand.