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donguri wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 7:07 pm
DocDoesFarming wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:43 pm

Also along with momigara you could get loads of wara for mulching, the local farmers gave us loads provided we helped tie up his share from his tanbo.
Wara rules for mulch! I wish I could get more, but most of the rice growers I know all use it themselves, so I take what I can get. That's one of the reasons I grew some Sorghum this year, since it grows so tall, I figured dried, it would give me a lot of wara-like mulch and mass to work with. And apparently it's got soil cleansing benefits as well as just looking real tall and cool.
Did you till before planting the sorghum or just cast seeds and let it grow. I’ve finally gotten most of our field of 2-3m weeds tamed down to grass that maxes out at a meter or less- I like to mow it at knee height cuz it’s easier with my walk behind mower. I’m planning to plant fruit and nut trees, maybe more veggie garden space, wheat, greenhouse for our banana plants, I really do have too many things I want to do.... building up the soil and trying to reduce the number of weed seeds and aggressive weeds seems to be a good goal now.

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Tora wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:23 pm


Did you till before planting the sorghum or just cast seeds and let it grow.
Lightly tilled area, but with plenty of weeds surrounding.
Tora wrote:
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I really do have too many things I want to do....
I feel your pain! You’ll get there, just remember to have fun doing it!

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Tora wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:15 pm
I’ll ask some of the local farmers about Wara and momigara.
Did you manage to get any in the end?
We've been given 3 tanbo's worth of wara and managed to buy 40 bags of momigara for 100 yen a pop.
Just need to find the time now to tie up bundles of wara to let it dry.
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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:34 pm
Tora wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:15 pm
I’ll ask some of the local farmers about Wara and momigara.
Did you manage to get any in the end?
We've been given 3 tanbo's worth of wara and managed to buy 40 bags of momigara for 100 yen a pop.
Just need to find the time now to tie up bundles of wara to let it dry.
I did not go after any this year. I’ve just had too many other things on my plate to be bringing in other projects that aren’t really pressing. This week, in addition to my normal work schedule, I made a nice interior door, 2 tables and trying to appease the wife with more domestic duties. Sure eish I could figure out where my endless energy and youthful enthusiasm went!

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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:34 pm
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Did you manage to get any in the end?
We've been given 3 tanbo's worth of wara and managed to buy 40 bags of momigara for 100 yen a pop.
Just need to find the time now to tie up bundles of wara to let it dry.
How do you use the Wara and momigara? Winch and bio char?

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Momigara can be used as a mulch, turned into bio char or mixed into the soil to lighten it up and aid drainage and avoid compaction.

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Zasso Nouka wrote:
Sat Oct 30, 2021 7:37 am
Momigara can be used as a mulch, turned into bio char or mixed into the soil to lighten it up and aid drainage and avoid compaction.
Very handy stuff indeed.
Also made into compost to add onto the list.

Another option for mulching could be sawdust if you have access to a local mill or two and a massive bag to haul it away in. Although you'll probably find that more than likely a local cow farmer might have called dibs on it first and you might have to ask them if it's ok to take some.
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Tora wrote:
Fri Oct 29, 2021 11:03 pm
I made a nice interior door, 2 tables and trying to appease the wife with more domestic duties. Sure eish I could figure out where my endless energy and youthful enthusiasm went!
ha!

You made the door and tables from scratch?
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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Sat Oct 30, 2021 7:58 am
You made the door and tables from scratch?
Yes. All but one of the interior doors on the house and the three shop/shed doors are custom made. They’re both pretty simple in concept but a lot of work. It’s really about having all the basics (square, flat, level, correct measurements…) right ALL OF THE TIME. Knowing how to fix your mistakes helps too :lol: Still took three times longer than I estimated. Like everything else!

Some fool thought it a good idea to tear out all the old doorways and half of the ceilings so he doesn’t have to walk around the house hunched over like the knuckle dragging Neanderthal that he really is.

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Zasso Nouka wrote:
Sat Oct 30, 2021 7:37 am
Momigara can be used as a mulch, turned into bio char or mixed into the soil to lighten it up and aid drainage and avoid compaction.
It seems that the soil in the upper hatake is clay like in a way especially after heavy rainfalls, do you think banging in a load of momigara yearly might help with that situation then?
I can't remember it being like that when I was clearing the bamboo and roots and stuff so I don't know what's changed.
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