Seed Balls

We experimented with the Fukuoka method and planted seed balls of different kinds, throughout October to grow in spring.  We made seed balls with a mix of clay and well rotted manure and placed them under the straw.  I tried throwing them out, but they just all sat on top of the straw, which didn’t seem like a very good idea.

We hoped to discover what would germinate where and maybe something would survive the winter.

There are three different kinds in separate patches in the area by the pool that’s bramble free.

Group 1:

  • carrots
  • lettuce
  • bush beans
  • kale
  • cabbage
  • radish
  • onions

Group 2:

  • spinach
  • peas
  • bush beans
  • coriander
  • turnips

Group 3:

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • onions
  • beetroot
  • musrard

On the lower terrace we planted various mixes of:

  • turnip
  • cabbage
  • kale
  • mooli
  • daikon
  • peas
  • broad beans
  • coriander
  • spinach
  • chard
  • cavelo nero
  • rocket
  • lambs lettuce

On the mid terrace we planted a mix of:

  • onions
  • bush beans
  • turnips
  • peas
  • cabbage
  • spinach
  • radish

On the upper terrace we planted (on 13th November):

  • peas
  • lettuce
  • chard
  • turnips

The beans came up within a week or so and some survived the winter.  Other seeds have germinated too, but what were they?  Radishes, maybe?

LEARNING: waste of effort and seeds in our environment.  We could not find what had germinated and the dogs trampled most of it.  The rest struggled with our clay soil and the brambles and thistles won every time.  We need more formal planting if we want to eat anything we grow.