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The Guide Of 3’s To Polycultures And Increasing Biodiversity

“A tree can not grow up in isolation” – Masanobu Fukuoka

These are simple guidelines for polyculture planting to increase biodiversity.
Mixing these 3 “types” ensures the most amount of benefit in time and space.

It all starts with the 3 No’s:

  • No plowing, tilling, cultivation, nor herbicides.
  • No chemical nor organic fertilizers.
  • No chemical pesticides, moving towards no organic pesticides.

The 3 No’s will ensure the protection of the 3 life forces for the advantage of the ecosystem:

  • Plant life.
  • Insect and microorganism life.
  • Animal life.

They will also ensure the soil is protected from the 3 forces of soil erosion:

  • Sunlight and UV radiation
  • Rain
  • Wind

And benefit the 3 aspects of soil fertility:

  • Microbial and insect activity or life in the soil
  • Nutrients in the soil
  • Structure of the soil

The 3 lifespans:

  • Short-lived plants.
  • Medium lifespan plants.
  • Long-lived plants.

The 3 ages:

  • Young plants.
  • Middle-aged plants.
  • Old plants.

The 3 sizes:

  • Tall and big plants.
  • Medium-sized plants.
  • Small and short plants.

The 3 roots:

  • Deep-rooted plants.
  • Medium and spreading rooted plants.
  • Shallow rooted plants.

The 3 uses:

  • Food and Medicine.
  • Environmental support such as shade, soil improvement, pollinator attraction etc.
  • Construction resources and other raw materials.

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