Eino Kenttä wrote:
Pignuts are definitely on the list of plants to try. I've never eaten them, but they sound very interesting..
I have found it far better to think, and to work, in patches....clearings large enough to let sunlight hit the ground. Make them large enough to hold several mature trees of your choice, as well as infill shrubs, perennials, etc.
Eino Kenttä wrote:Thanks Skandi! Yeah, I noticed that minimum winter temperature is the only parameter taken into account in the USDA system. A bit limited. The norwegian system probably gives better guidance, but then again some plants have probably not been grown enough in Scandinavia to be assigned a suitable zone under that system... Well, I suppose we'll just have to try all the interesting species that might work, to see what actually does.
Pignuts are definitely on the list of plants to try. I've never eaten them, but they sound very interesting. Some other root crops we're thinking of trying are Lilium martagon (martagon lily), Myrrhis odorata (sweet cicely), Campanula rapunculoides and latifolia (creeping and giant bellflower), Stachys palustris (marsh woundwort) and Sium sisarum (skirret). We'll also be growing more standard stuff like potatoes and sunchokes.
Yep, deer protection worries me a bit, especially if we'll be coppicing... We'll see how we solve it.