I'm in search of information on northern wetland food forests. My woods are pretty flat and were designated wetlands to halt further wind turbine building in the area. I'm thinking wild mushrooms, as one of the main thing's, as finding was to make this place my life's work instead of a job is the main objective. And ideas for other things that grow well in this area.
Wine cap mushrooms, currants, American persimmon, hazelnuts, comfrey, Nanking cherry, elderberry, black raspberry, lots of great stuff grows in the cold north! I’m excited for you! I started my first food forest last year in zone 6 and it’s been an incredible experience for me! Try tuning in on edible acres .org on you tube, I believe they’re in upstate ny with similar conditions as you!
One other thing. We have a ton of comfrey, but no idea what to do with it unless you sell roots to somebody else who won't know what to do with it. Would love to hear some ideas. Remember Patricia is trying to make a living. Ragman's Lane Farm in the UK used to make compost tea with it and sell it for fertilizer. Even they gave up after a while. Blood Root has a pretty good market if you can get it to grow.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'm looking at all of them.
The only thing that I found worthwhile on comfrey was this article. There is controversy over the affect on the kidney's but I think from my research, that is from over consumption and more likely, exposure to herbicide and or pesticide because of not knowing where it came from.
But it seems mostly to be great for breaking up hard soil and pulling nutrients from poor soil and then used to amend the soil for other plants.
I'm thinking that I may do a vlog/blog on my experience and progress as a 50 something starting her next chapter in the wild world of permaculture 😉😁😘
bog blueberry , bilberry , aronia, elderberry, ostrich fern ( fiddle heads) are some that will do well there. if you plant on 2ft mounds, raspberry, black raspberry, thimbleberry and blackberry could also thrive there. for trees eastern larch/ black spruce / white cedar , willow and ash does well in wet areas.
Tripp Noonan wrote:I use comfrey for a rhizome barrier and chop and drop fertilizer. I also use it for biomass in my compost, my soil loves it!
yep! me too! have dozens of it planted all over the yard! with my heavy clay soil it mines all the nutrients it needs, from it. only thing i feed it is coffee grounds for the N which it can't get from the soil alone. grows like crazy here!
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