using Osage Orange for living fences
greenmansinger at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 10 21:26:19 EST 2011
I believe there's one in a garden off of East Seneca Street that I had pointed out to me once. If you're going down Seneca from Stewart, the first left (unmarked) is Sage Place; there's a driveway that goes up to the left and leads to a pretty nice little garden, and before you reach it on the left side is the Osage, if I'm correct.
Hope that helps,
> Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:55:24 -0500
> From: bosak at pinax.com
> To: fingerlakespermaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: using Osage Orange for living fences
> Micheal Wheeler wrote:
> > -- I remember an article (¿in Coevolution Quarterly?) about living
> > fences, and remember figures about weaving the stems together to make a
> > cordon. The military was so impressed that Belgian fences could stop a
> > WWI tank that they took the word into their own lexicon. [proof-reading
> > that last sentence it sure sounds like an urban legend]
> Probably so. The oldest use of the word "cordon" refers to a kind
> of fortification and first appears in written English in 1598,
> whereas "cordon" meaning "a fruit-tree made by pruning to grow as
> a single stem (usually as an espalier or wall tree)" first appears
> in 1878. So it appears that the military use gave the name to the
> living fence rather than the other way around.
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