Hugo Morvan wrote:Not exactly like you are proposing. I've got a mental map of 25 miles of roadsides around where i live where interesting plants/trees are.
I drive to people's houses for work and identify constantly while driving. I'll stop and harvest herbs when they're abundant. Throw out some seeds of endangered species that do well in my direct surroundings in places where i feel they might thrive. But mostly herbs. Or if they're really good for insects i'll try to spread them around. Just chuck em out of the window into the berm. They'll find their way.
Stepping up now to growing looking for trees, because the farmer i work with wants more trees to grow on his property. Things like ash, because his cows like those leaves in a drought. As well i think growing trees are going to play a major role in the future to save biodiversity and battle desertification, taking carbon in and create local bumper crops for free while we're at it. For us, cattle and wildlife.
Have you read Trees of Power by Akiva Silver from Twisted Tree Farms? He has a great tree farm and you tube channel. He talks about collecting free seeds in his book.
Rebecca Norman wrote:Yes I do! Not a map, but I keep a running journal (MS Word doc) with the first half where I jot notes for each day (weather, when I planted or harvested what, when something got hit by frost, etc), and the second half is paragraphs alphabetically for each type of plant, or "compost" or "pests" or "mulch" whatever. My main wild collection plant here is capers, and I have notes going back years for which month I collected seeds (September is best here, but I've collected as late as December, and this year some were ready in late July). I also have notes about how I planted them (with capers I've had good luck germinating them with low-tech stratification, but then very poor luck transplanting them out the following year, so I've started just collecting many more seeds than I used to, and scratching them out into the desert hoping one in a thousand might grow).
I also keep notes of where I collect capers each year, and when, and anything special like "the plant down at the bottom of that little valley is covered with little weevilly things [with detailed description] and losing all its greenery" so that I can learn if that's a temporary problem or what. I use description of the places rather than a map.
I noticed a pretty desert plant with white flowers south of my house this year, so I collected the seed heads with the thought of scattering them in the desert land north of my house where there has been some earth moving and ugly scars.
I've transplanted or scattered seeds of other wild plants many times over the years. A hugely productive wild edible is Lepidium latifolium (known as a noxious foreign invasive in the US but native to here) and it is dead easy to propagate by its runner rhizomes. When we started developing the desert into our school, and the canals were absolutely bare sand, I gathered local grass seed and scattered it there, and I think it was effective. Local people here were like, "What are you doing?!" but it worked. After a permaculture workshop in 1995 or 96, one of the local guys got into it and gathered lots of seabuckthorn seeds, so now the campus is surrounded by a big loop of that along the outer canals.