[permaculture] Planting ground nuts (apios americana)

Bob Waldrop bob at bobwaldrop.net
Fri Nov 13 12:34:17 EST 2015

Fortunately, while we have squirrels, raccoons, a variety of birds (a 
declining variety, sadly), various micro flora and fauna, plenty of 
bugs, and feral cats and dogs, in my inner city neighborhood we have No 
Deer.  In any event, I always plant extra because every critter wants to 
eat what I plant and so if I don't plant extra, I won't get any lol.  
All the talk about apios being rampant is very encouraging to me.

Bob Waldrop, Okie City

On 11/13/2015 3:05 AM, dwoodard at becon.org wrote:
> Bob, my squirrel information is a little uncertain. One tuber in a 
> flower plot at the park edge was dug up by a squirrel in the fall. 
> Several attempted plantings in the woods where there are a lot of 
> squirrels have failed. A few plantings near the park boundary and 
> houses (fewer squirrels, maybe more walnut trees) have succeeded 
> brilliantly. A wildlife biologist friend tells me that A. americana is 
> dug up and eaten by deer in some places. We do have deer that visit 
> but they avoid the park edges near the houses.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario
> On Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:12:20 -0600, Bob Waldrop <bob at bobwaldrop.net> 
> wrote:
>> Many sources say they are found along streams and creeks.  Many of
>> our tubs are "behind the fence" and sheltered from the fierce Oklahoma
>> sun although everything back there gets 6-7 hours of sun light daily
>> during the growing season.  Do the squirrels dig them up?
>> On 11/7/2015 7:16 AM, dwoodard at becon.org wrote:
>>> Robert, from experience and reports of other, Apios americana likes 
>>> soil with plenty of organic matter that does not dry out. We have 
>>> some in a naturalized park here that are climbing cup plants 
>>> (Silphium perfoliatum) in full sun in a meadow, and one on 
>>> Amelanchier laevis (smooth/Allegheny serviceberry) by the north edge 
>>> of a grove. One in a house lot ran all over the place under the lawn 
>>> and sprouted in several surprising places. Squirrels seem to be fond 
>>> of them.
>>> Doug Woodard
>>> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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