i added Egyptian walking onions under my cherries last summer . anxious to see how well they spread.
Greg Martin wrote:Last year I planted a couple of giant ornamental onions, Gladiator to the left and Mount Everest to the right in front of a goumi seedling. I planted them because I've heard that they are bred from wild onions that are foraged for. I was curious if I would like the bulbs, but with their large wide leaves I was also curious how those might taste. So when I walked past them both I decided to take a nibble. I can tell they are alliums, but I was shocked by how very mild the leaves were on both plants. The Mount Everest leaves somehow even reminded me a bit of cabbage....??? I will be experimenting more with these leaves as they get larger.
i have one as well its slow to establish but took off finally this summer. how long before yours fruited?
Greg Martin wrote:They have lovely little flowers too! This one is the cultivar 'Eastern Prince' which I got from One Green World. Generally for schisandra you need a male vine to pollinate the female vines, but Eastern Prince is self fertile. I haven't tried to germinate the seeds yet as I keep cooking them all :)
the last couple years I've noticed the wildlife and good insects in my food forrest have exploded as well but the difference is they don't seem to care for my fruits. they may take some but its not noticeable. could be because I'm surrounded by abandoned fields full of chokecherry and high bush cranberry. think they prefer those.
Greg Martin wrote:Working from home is a strange challenge for me. I don't miss the commute at all, but I miss time with my coworkers and experimental work in the lab. One perk happened yesterday morning. My home office has a window that overlooks a large section of my forest garden and there was, for a lack of a better word, a wildlife party out there. I never walk into the forest garden without seeing a decent amount of wildlife, but yesterday was bonkers. From my window I saw many species all descend into the garden at the same time and then leave together. The trees and shrubs were shaking from all the birds that were taking turns getting a nice berry meal. The beach rose shoots were getting pulled to the ground to offer up there large hips to chipmunks. I couldn't make out all the bird species, though I did notice a pair of pileated woodpeckers in the larger surrounding native forest edge overlooking the forest garden as well as a pair of blue jays. I'm not sure what either of those pairs were up to, but several other species of birds were hitting the cornelian cherries and elderberries in swooping waves. It was a sea of motion that lasted for a nice bit of the morning and then as suddenly as it started it was over and things went back to their normal rhythm.
It was a nice treat getting to watch a full blown wildlife party. Sharing my permaculture bounty with wildlife has always been part of my goal and they have been a part of the creative process, spreading my plants into new combinations I had not considered. I very much enjoyed being the host in my small way.
ido the same with arborist chips except i put nearly 2ft and it last all season keeping it dry in there. i got several flushes of blewit mushrooms just downhill outside the run. nice big ones too!
Marco Benito wrote:Lay down wood chips thick and heavy everywhere. The Chooks will love the biology that magically shows up. When I say thick and heavy I mean 8 to 12 inches of wood chips. I functions as a deep litter, cover the earth, gives the chooks lots to do, provides lots of food....I could go on and on but why. They will wipe out the currants and gooseberries, not necessarily the plants, but the leaves and fruit they can reach. Giving them the life forms that show up in the wood chips is a real plus for all parties concerned. Edible Acres does have awesome documentation on chickens, wood chips, and composting.