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Project: Rustling Knapweed Forest Garden
Posted by PJ Chmiel almost 13 years ago
I got a lot of trees and shrubs from the Native Plant Sale at the local Conservation District, and I also got a bunch of inexpensive trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, in addition to some from other local nurseries like Oikos.
I installed a hedgerow along the western edge of the front area, consisting of American Hazelnuts, Serviceberries, Elderberries, Dogwoods, Nanking Cherries, Ninebark, and Silver Buffaloberries for nitrogen fixation. So far most things seem to be doing well. The plants are at about 6' spacings, a compromise between allowing full-size growth and close hedgerow spacing for quick results; so it will take several years to fill in.
I've also planted more "conventional" type fruit trees - a Stayman Winesap standard-size apple, a semidwarf Jonagored apple, a dwarf Bing cherry, a standard Black Tartartian cherry, a standard Elberta peach, standard Methley plum.
Additionally, I planted 2 Littleleaf Lindens (edible leaves in salads) which I will pollard, 2 Western Sandcherries, an American Highbush Cranberry, a Carolina Silverbell, a Kentucky Coffeetree, 10 Tulip Poplars, a couple dozen various conifers including 2 Korean Nut Pines, 3 more Pawpaws, 5 oaks, 7 chestnuts, 1 Michigan Pecan, another highbush blueberry, a handful of extra Nanking Cherry and Serviceberries, 6 Leadplant for nitrogen fixation, several more Buffaloberries for same, vetch and Illinois Bundleflower for n-fixation near existing trees, 50 or so new Comfrey plants as borders around garden areas, several new herbs and groundcovers, and a handful of new native prairie flowers for beneficial insects.
Currently planting my regular/annual veg gardens. A very busy time! I also just bought a house and am looking forward to transforming that lawn into something beautiful and useful. Much, much more to plant in the forest garden, will resume tree planting in the fall as things go dormant. Looking forward to it, even in just the year I've been working on this site some nice things are happening, which gives me a lot of encouragement going forward. Thanks for reading!
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