Speedy Farm: Land Improvement Memo~With Gratitude for Jahgalu Soil
I should have tilled the land when it is dry, but I’m a person who likes to do everything in a “Speedy” fashion, so I rushed into it.
So, I had to implement 2 measures. Firstly…
Scatter “Pearlite” on the soil surface and immediately till the soil with a tractor to a depth of 25cm.
(2) Land improvement for planted areas
Mix 100% Okinawan “Cow & pig dung fully matured compost” and “Pearlite” in a 3:1 ratio.
・Dig out the planted saplings (around 50cm diameter, 50cm deep)
・Return around half of the dug-up soil to make a shallow hole in which to plant the saplings and cover with the improved soil
・Leave some of the roots above ground and cover those with soil (to make ridges)
・Making ridges allow the roots to bask in the sun, helping the roots grow sideways and take root in the soil
・The water retention of the soil right below the tree trunk improves
It goes without saying that farming can’t be done as quickly as computer programs.
I didn’t know all these things which are seemingly simple and common sense.
It’s a blessing to have the luxury of making lots of mistakes!