Mike Jay wrote:I started with them because I can grow a decent number of fruits and tons of berries in my climate. Nuts and fat/oil sources are a bit harder so I started with them. Plus they take longer to bear so I figured I should get them going sooner. The only truly hardy nuts here are hazelnuts and butternuts. My hickory are very borderline and I also have Carpathian walnuts that I believe are also borderline.
Priscilla Stilwell wrote:Thanks Mike. Why did you start with nuts, out of curiosity?
Jay Angler wrote:We have a wild plum in our field and although its fruit is quite small, I was quite surprised at how good it tasted. I hadn't considered using its seeds as part of a living hedge - the place I need said hedge may be too shady for it - but having read this post, I will think about it and do a little research! Thanks
James Freyr wrote:
Simon Gooder wrote:
What do you all do about serious pests? Especially rats...
We have a couple farm cats, and they're pretty good with the rodent population control. My suggestion is using nature to do the work for you, either with cats, or if you're not a cat person, a dog, specifically the terrier breed. Terriers can be pretty ruthless hunting rats, and can quickly get a rat population problem under control, and remaining rats will likely leave the premises to avoid the threat. I think that not only will either of these possibilities help your situation, there's also the added benefit of having companionship with a cat or dog.