[NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 48, Issue 72
eroland at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 17:50:00 EST 2007
Thanks for your note! I appreciate you concern for my young forest garden
and my ecological neighbours. I truly do not feel this is an appropriate
forum to dive into the invasives/natives discussion, but I would like to
clarify for folks that all the species I asked about are 'native' to North
America, and only one (Glyccyrhiza lepidota, American licorice) is not
specifically 'native' to the Eastern Forests - instead, it hails from the
great midwestern prairies.
The running/suckering characteristic is one I am especially interested in
for this specific forest garden design -- I am looking at low-maintenance,
ecosystemically-based methods for establishing highly productive fruit + nut
trees (persimmon, pawpaw, chestnut, hickory) to supply my family with local,
If anyone has other suggestions for more 'native' species that can fill the
ecological community niche I'm looking for (woody, running/suckering,
nitrogen-fixing, fuel-making, food-producing, medicinal, small shrubs or
herbaceous perennials), please let me know. I am indeed in a very
experimental phase here, and I welcome input + discussion about this little
forest garden design.
P.S. To tie in with the plum discussion, I found a good selection of A.
stolonifera over at Oikos Tree Crops.
P.P.S. For a great and mind-opening re-introduction to the native/invasive
discussion, take a look at Dave Jacke + Eric Toensmeier's Edible Forest
Gardens vol. 1 (www.edibleforestgardens.com) Let me know if you have any
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 09:57:42 -0500
From: road's end farm <organic101 at linkny.com>
> Why are you looking specifically for invasives?
> Are the above native to your area? (I think some are, but am not sure
> about others. I'm not an expert on the subject.) Is everything you're
> planning for your "forest garden" native to the area? You might be
> planting problems for yourself, your neighbors, and remaining native
> species already under stress.
> I'm not saying, "never plant strange stuff that you haven't been able
> to find already growing in your area". I'm just saying, "think first."
> You may already have done so; in which case, apologies.
Ethan C. Roland
Design - Teach - Advise
Northeastern Permaculture Wiki
8th International Permaculture Conference, Brazil, 2007
" You can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can't count the
number of apples in a seed" - proverb via Paul Krafel
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