I'm not sure how Milorganite, being made from Milwaukee sewage sludge, could actually be truly organic and healthful. I'm sure it passes the organic rules but there's a lot of stuff dumped down the drain that could maybe possibly end up in that stuff.
Thank you, Sena, Kena and Crystal, for all the great ideas! I'm making an inventory of the plants I have on hand - strawberries, fairy dust flowers, red lettuce, etc., and am adding plants from my favorite Oregon nursery, One Green World. I completed an Edible Landscaping course online, which gave me a structured approach to planning out this front yard. It's going to be great fun taking out this useless, time-consuming lawn and planting a lovely array of edibles.
That seems like a unique challenge and opportunity. Thanks for sharing. Are the feral apples edible right off the tree?
Julian Williams wrote:We've been discovering so many species on our property (especially in July as things ripen). So far I've found:
- dewberry (dwarf red raspberry)
- alpine strawberry
- blackberry (I think... we'll see when they ripen)
- feral apples
- sugar maple
- yellow birch
- beaked hazelnut!!!
We haven't decided on a percentage to dedicate to native plants, but our foremost question when deciding on a new plant is whether there is native, or localized, version. We're currently planning the makeover of our front "lawn" into a food forest. The edges of the front yard are where a lot of the above berries can be found (southern slope of a valley) although the hazelnut are so far concentrated at the opposite end of the property (on the north-facing side of our "mountain").
Because of the unique nature of our forest (the Acadian Forest) and the changing climate in our region, we have to make difficult decisions on what plants to support in our forest as it begins to lose some of the qualities the boreal forest prefers. It begs the question of what is "native", and how far do we go to protect plants that are not ideally suited to the changing climate (whether native or not). I expect our forest will look very different once we're gone, I just hope we make the right decisions for whomever occupies the land after us.
William Schlegel wrote:My son is now three years old. Professionally my wife and I have both worked as essentially gardeners in some of our past employ.
I do garden with the little guy and such things as berry picking both in the yard and out and about. He really enjoyed double digging a bed with me last fall.
However, we do struggle to get things done with him around. As he gets older we expect eventually this will all get easier.
Do you garden with small children? How's it working out?
We ran a 200 member CSA for 7 years with kids in tow. It was stressful and exhausting during long workdays when They were younger but now that they are older, they are very helpful- especially our 8 year old.
James Sullivan wrote:My daughter and I put in a bean pole teepee this year.
What a fun project! I did the same with my daughter last weekend. Had pulled down a few standing dead pole trees in the spring and set out to dry in the sun. Chopped them up in 7' lengths and made it into a tee-pee trellis! Currently has a passion flower on one leg, and the other legs we're deciding on what beans, veggies, flowers, etc. to grow. I hung up some japanese knot weed branches to act as shade before the crops grow, so my daughter can still use it to hang out and read in during the summer.
I've read in many places that hostas are edible when the leaves are breaking through the ground. I have an old variety that reseeds everywhere. So theoretically, if I were to catch the emerging hostas at the right stage, I could have a magnificent feast. Of course I've yet to try them, so not sure how palatable I'd find them.
Ariela Erez wrote:Hi everyone! So I have my PDC but haven't been able to personally use it for myself until now. We are on our land at 9300' elevation and about to put in a greenhouse. We hope to use the earthened shelter concept from Mike Oahler (if I spelled his last name right), and also use the heat tubes for some geothermal warmth. We hope to have both annual and perennial vegetation along with a few trees. Please share your thoughts and ideas for this newbie. I would love to hear any of your suggestions as we are about to start the build in the next few weeks.
We built a small greenhouse using reclaimed materials. It could be a great way to get started quickly while you are building.
Question: I live in a condo community that has lots of open ground, mature trees, and is quite hilly, but it is sloped with a South exposure in SE Pennsylvania.
In the past I have sneaked some tree saplings around the place. Now, I would like to place beneficial, medicinal, and fruit trees and plants. Not very many, as two of my beloved trees were killed by an outsider neighbor draining his pool onto the property here. From a permie perspective, the area I planted was perfect, in that the rain water would flow right to them, the pool water was unexpected and I tattled to the township about it.
Back to the question I forgot about, "what would be ideal plants and small trees, that I can sneak into safe spots that would provide food and medicine for the residents here?"
Kc, Thank you! It has been very hot here as well. We have also experimented with sowing seeds in our basement near a south-facing window and they have also germinated well!
We usually start our fall seedlings on May 31st for pumpkins, butternut squash, other winter squash, fall cabbage, and broccoli. We also plant multiple successions of root crops, greens, summer squash, and cucumbers throughout the summer for continual harvests.
I love your idea of starting seeds on a covered porch.