using Osage Orange for living fences
joeydianag at gmail.com
Fri Feb 11 10:50:10 EST 2011
I just found some in a seed/plant catalog that is hardy in our zone. It was
in Richters from Canada:
It looks like it has some other great uses too.
On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM, Jon Bosak <bosak at pinax.com> wrote:
> 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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