[permaculture] Black Locusts, more....

Claude Genest genest at together.net
Fri Oct 4 14:48:40 EDT 2002

Seed pods as well Heide ?

Also, Black Locust is one of the hottest burning firewoods and watch 
you don't plant them on your path too much as they are incredibly 
thorny !
On Friday, October 4, 2002, at 01:11 PM, Heide Hermary wrote:

> Black locust is poisonous to animals.  Why would you want to use it as 
> forage?
> Cheers, Heide
> BK wrote:
>> Hi,
>> In reguards to black locusts, I'm not an avid silviculturalist, but I
>> believe they are one of the faster growing trees around. Had a small 
>> tree
>> (2" truck, 7 feet) about 2 years ago next to our house, it can now be 
>> seen
>> popping up above our roof. Also have tons of little seedlings popping 
>> up.
>> Its an n-fixer I believe. I've be playing with the idea of planting 
>> (on
>> barren land) a dense crop of them. Plan being: dense amount of small 
>> trees
>> to use as much sun as possible, thin about half of the trees out the 
>> next
>> year, use as forage. Thin them next year forage/stickwood. Such that 
>> you'd
>> continue to get a good amount out of the plot. Out course thats a bit 
>> of a
>> monocultural idea, so it'd be good to find understory crops for the 
>> more
>> mature system. Once they start flowering I bet you could get a good 
>> deal of
>> honey from the stand. I've set up a smal row of the little seedlings, 
>> I'm
>> hoping to try intertwining them as years progress to see how they'd 
>> work for
>> some form of biotecture.
>> Also, in reguards to industry and stacking, theres a term around 
>> called
>> "industrial ecologies". Setting up a group of industries where one
>> industries waste is anothers input.
>> Lastly, I'm not so sure I'd want to drink rainwater collected from 
>> rooves in
>> urban areas. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a bit of 
>> airborne
>> pollution around urban centers that would fall as rain?
>> Cheers,
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