[quote]My understanding of your response was that the high temperatures generated as part of the composting process may discourage seed sprouting (or encourage wilting post sprouting). But, as explained above, sprouting seems to be less of an issue. Or am I missing something here?
[font=courier]Sprouting won’t be an issue here as there is constant moisture and composting process followed by heat generation would have started only after germination.[/font]
I[font=courier]suspect the cause to be any of the following,
The Composting process mentioned earlier
Or temporary shortage of Nitrogen in the soil owing to decomposition
Or root zones choked due to water. In certain cases when he soil retains excessive moisture , but does not suffer water-logging, there could be a temporary stagnation as the roots can’t breath. The leaves here turn yellow.
Has this yellowing happened in the summer or other seasons or was it first seen only after the rainy season started?[/font]
[quote]Given that we are having mixed results using the above mentioned process, do you see any flaws in the way we are going about it right now?
[font=courier]If you are happy with the mixed results that you are getting, just carry on with whatever you were doing. My personal take is that there are a couple of minor flaws in the system that need to be corrected. Most of your crops mentioned are short- term. This being the case, it would be desirable to eliminate any possibility of retardation or set back, especially during the upward growth curve, as this might have a bearing on the quantity and quality of your final product. The thumb rule is never to add green manure/mulch near young or germinating plants for the compost heat generation mentioned. Ideally await for the weeds to dry and do the sowing 2 weeks later. Also no need to pull weeds out of soil, to plant seeds under soil, unless there is a possibility of insects and birds devouring the seeds. If it all any goat/ cattle manure is added make sure it’s fairly dry or decomposed and the application is much before the sowing.
If you can set aside 5-6 patches of 1 square metre each and wait for about a month, you’ll be able to solve this mystery.
Patch 1 – left alone with weeds.
Patch 2 thinned weeds to be mulched, leaving the remaing weeds intact( to see if they yellow)
Patch 3 thinning weeds and sowing , as you have already been doing.
Patch 4 Sowing without any weeding.
Patch 5 Thinning weeds and sowing after 2 weeks
Patch 6 Thin weeds, remove the green matter and sow.
Also make sure to arm yourself with a digital camera so that each patch is photographed every 2 days.
Let’s wait and see!