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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
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TREE FODDER FOR LIVESTOCK

Pollarding Trees

I've discovered a Facebook Group titled Tree Hay.  There's a good discussion on the Regarians Facebook page re: pollarding trees to feed animals.  Take a look at this YouTube video too.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Agroforestry Resource: growing trees for fuel, fodder, heat, building materials etc...

Obtaining multiple yields

Here is an excellent resource if you are interested in agroforestry to include in your permaculture food forest.

Friday, April 25, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Good Neighbor Farms

Good Neighbor Farms

Patrick and Andrea Johns plan for a permaculture life

We live on 1.5 acres in the Spokane Valley.  We have lived here 35 years.  For the most part we have kept the place free of toxic chemicals.  We have three 60 year old apple trees, two 60 year old sweet cherry trees, and a lovely, old plum tree.  The fruit on that tree is like honey, no bitterness under the skin.  There is also a 25 year old Black Walnut that produces a lot of nuts.  We just have to figure out how to liberate the nut meats from the outer hull.  Our rhubarb, raspberries and horseradish are well established.  All the other fruit bearing trees are 10 years old and younger.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (29731)/Comments (6)/ Article rating: 5.0

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
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Living Fences

See this website for good information about growing a living fence using willows.

http://www.westwaleswillows.co.uk/fedgeplanting.html
Wednesday, March 02, 2016/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Honey Locust

Uses: nitrogen fixer, wild and domestic animal fodder. Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.

Take a look at this tree.  It's uses include nitrogen fixation, wild and domestic animal fodder, rot resistant timber good for fence posts and furniture.  The spring flowers attract all pollinators.  Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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ALTERNATIVE ANIMAL FEED

See the attached link re: poplar and willow used as fodder

If you are interested in producing animal feed on your farm consider planting poplar and willow like they do in New Zealand. Linden and mulberry leaves also work well as high protein animal fodder. All these tree varieties grow well in the Inland Northwest.
Thursday, January 30, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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 (44116)/Comments (3)/ Article rating: 4.6

Siberian Pea Shrub

Caragana arborescens

Siberian Pea-shrub is an especially useful plant for permaculture installations.  Because of its nitrogen-fixing capacity, it is valued as a guild plant for fruit trees as it provides longterm nitrogen to those plants in its immediate vacinity.  Additionally, it is rapid growing and reproduces readily.  Visit the links in the expanded article for pictures and lots more information.
Sunday, January 13, 2013/Author: Cara/Number of views (24339)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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