Terri McCoy wrote:What kind of weeds do well in your area?
hubert cumberdale wrote:usually in situations like this, it helps to look for plants that can handle tougher situations. at first they may not be the eatable and useful plants that you want. but there is a chance you can use livestock to convert that uneatable food to food you can eat, i.e meat.
if you can create sheltered spots from wind and cold you should be able to grow a lot of what we consider winter crops here.
raindog Hatfield wrote: If I were you though I would be looking for some land more inhabitable to humans...
I guess that's why the highlanders were so tough.
Katy Whitby-last wrote:I saw in the Sepp Holzer book that he had advised on a project somewhere in the highlands but I can't find out where it is as that would be a really useful one to give me a start.
Katy Whitby-last wrote:Thanks Paulo that is really useful. I have put a load of potatoes in so hopefully I should get a decent crop. I have a hugel bed and have got broad beans that seem to be doing okay but the radishes have all bolted. Funnily I hadn't even though about the really long hours of daylight being the reason for this. There are lots of gooseberry and currant bushes growing in the old garden from the croft that was abandoned 50 years ago so they should do well but I would love to get some apples. I have a couple of very old hawthorns so I was wondering if maybe grafting some apples onto these might work.
Brenda Groth wrote:Other than elevation I have some similar situations to you. I am in zones 4/5 and have clay and damp conditions on the lowlands and mostly flat but the higher areas can be droughty in the summer if we go for more than a week without rain.
I have a blog (see signature) and there is a list on there of what I attempt to grow here. I'm in american (Michigan)..but most of my ancestry is N europe and they brought most of the food plants here that we grow.
It is fairly easy to grow root crops here on the higher soil, and greens grow well on the wetter areas. I do use a small greenhouse for more tenders like tomato and peppers and keep greens going in the greenhouse over winter (lettuces, chards etc)..
here we can keep a lot of root crops in the ground and dig as needed, but we can have hard frozen soil for 6 months or more..our last frost was June 13..so I prefer to store most storables in cans, jars, freezer or cold storage inside...or dried.
Katy Whitby-last wrote:I've managed to track down the averages for the climate around here and was wondering if anyone can advise what I might manage to grow.
I'm in the north east of Scotland at about 750 feet high on an exposed windy hillside.
The average sumer temperature is 53 F with 400 hours of sunshine.
The average winter temperature is 37 F with lows of -2 F.
The annual average days of ground frost are 160 with 50 days of lying snow.
The annual average rainfall is about 900mm per year .
Our soil is a very heavy clay that is often saturated and is quite acidic.
I've got loads of books on different fruit, nuts and vegetables but I'm struggling to find stuff that will survive in these conditions. Can anyone help?