Cj Verde wrote:Cover with 190° water. Way easier than nicking each one. The ones that swell are usable.
tel jetson wrote:after reading Ben Law's The Woodland Way, I decided to try out a traditional forestry practice called "shredding". I'm not very familiar with this practice, but it involves removing the branches, leaves, and tops of living trees toward the end of summer. the leaves still have plenty of protein in them at this point and, depending on species, make good food for critters.
so, having previously read about trials of black locust hay, I tried this out on a small stand of black locust this weekend. I left the branches laying in the sun for a day, then cut the leaves off and piled them in the hay loft. our goats love the dried leaves. I'm hoping that I gathered enough to get them through the winter without buying in hay.
it was a lot of work, but I think it will be easier next year, as the branches that grow back will be smaller. after a few years of this, I'll start harvesting the stout poles that will result. I'll use them for round wood building and firewood. new stems will sprout from roots and the whole thing should keep humming along indefinitely.
Also honeylocust - Gleditsia triacanthos L. does NOT fix nitrogen according to USDA and other sources
black locust - Robinia pseudoacacia does, totally different genus.