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Chestnut Cultivation

Increase nutrition in your food forest using chestnut trees.

Take look at this website for detailed info re: cultivation of chestnut trees.  The article includes site selection, planting instructions for direct seeding or starting seedlings in pots, maintenance of your orchard, deer control strategies, pest and pathogen info, fertilization and watering requirements.  They also list some other websites for further information. 

Here's a You Tube video. It covers food value, timber value, feed value for livestock, medicinal uses.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Tilia Cordata (Linden species)

Large tree with edible leaves, flowers, nutlets. Good all around tree for people and livestock

Linden is a fast growing tree reaching 100 ft when full grown. Leaves are good additional green in salads. Flowers make a delicious tea. Nutlets have been compared to chocolate. Tilia Cordata (Little Leaf Linden) hardy to zone 4. This tree is a very good bee attractant. Linden honey is of high value.
Saturday, February 08, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

CHICKENS: feed value of alternative grains

Protein, fat and amino acid values of various, common grains

This article from the University of Kentucky compares feed values and limitations of various grains.


Grains are the main ingredient used in poultry diets to supply energy. A variety of different grains have been used, based primarily on the location. Corn is more commonly used most of the United States while wheat and barley are more common in Canada and parts of Europe. Sorghum is often used in the southern states as well as Africa. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (36394)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Common Camas

Edible native bulb, resembling onion, sweet in flavor. It is obtainable at Plants of the Wild in Tekoa, WA

Camas root was used extensively by indigenous tribes as a steady source of starch in their diets. Info found on USDA Plant Database.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Cornelian Cherry or European Cornel (Cornus mas)

Cornelian Cherry or European Cornel (Cornus mas)

Ecological niche similar to red-osier dogwood

And Earth, untroubled,

Unharmed by hoe or plowshare, brought forth all

That men had need for, and those men were happy

Gathering berries from the mountainsides,

Cornel cherries, or blackcaps, and edible acorns.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013/Author: Phil/Number of views (58901)/Comments (3)/ Article rating: 4.6

Hardy Bamboo

Phyllostachys Atrovaginata, "Incense Bambo"

Profile of Phyllostachys Atrovaginata, a cold-hardy, running bamboo with edible shoots and large, sturdy canes for multiple uses.
Sunday, April 28, 2013/Author: Kamori/Number of views (32277)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 4.2

Cooking Greens

Perennial Vegetables

The first perennial food sources in the spring are SHOOTS. [See article of Apr 6th]  The next to emerge are the GREENS.  The earliest COOKIN' GREENS are probably watercress and dandelions, with the next being stinging nettles.  I love wild plants!  If I have missed your favorite cooking green, please leave a comment!
Thursday, April 18, 2013/Author: Earthchild/Number of views (40149)/Comments (4)/ Article rating: No rating

Deer Resistant Flowers

Over the past five years, I have tried to pretty up my husband's rural driveway.  In the beginning, all I did was make a garden for the dear  deer, LOL.  Last year, I discovered that they do not eat blue flowers or colored yarrow.  They will leave most of the plants in this list alone, but be sure to save seeds, and watch in the fall and the spring because the fawns will yank up, taste, and spit out anything that is green, such as Iris. 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013/Author: Earthchild/Number of views (29462)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Asclepias sp. "Milkweed"

Asclepias sp. "Milkweed"

A. speciosa, fascicularis

Sunday, February 17, 2013/Author: Redurth/Number of views (49309)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0


Symphytum officinale

Comfrey (also comphrey) is an important herb in Permaculture Gardening. It is used as a fertilizer, mineral accumulator, guild plant for fruit trees and as an herbal medicine.

The main species used now is Symphytum × uplandicum or Russian comfrey, a hybrid between Symphytum officinale (common comfrey) and Symphytum asperum (rough comfrey).

Sunday, January 27, 2013/Author: Mike Hagar (website host)/Number of views (43892)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: No rating

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