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So far, I have directed my explanations largely at people who farm for a living, but I would like to conclude with some words on the domestic garden.

With nature farming, the method is clean and sanitary, and crops are surprisingly good, abundant, and flavorful. There is no need to worry about damage from insects and there is no danger of internal parasites. Leaf color and stalk form are much better than in plants raised with fertilizers. A home gardener who adopts the nature farming method finds his daily garden chores enjoyable rather than trying as in the past.

Amateur gardeners have often complained that their potatoes did not produce well or that the potatoes were small. They have spoken of flowers dropping from tomatoes and eggplants or of daikon (turnips) riddled with holes. Other constant complaints include cucumbers that wither because of root worms, or pickling greens with practically no undamaged leaves. The home gardener, unaware that these crop failings have been caused by use of fertilizers, has assumed that he has been fertilizing too little and has increased the amounts, thereby further damaging his produce. Puzzled, he has turned to the specialist for help. The specialist has been unable to give a satisfactory answer, for he too is superstitiously convinced of the importance of fertilizers, and the number of people troubled and perplexed by the situation has increased greatly. If all these people only knew of the nature farming system, they would experience a quite extraordinary sense of relief.



January 15, 1951




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