Our land is overgrown with Amur bush honeysuckle and we’re slowly working to clear it to make way for more diverse and beneficial trees and shrubs. Cutting it is easy enough, problem is what to do with it all?! We’ve turned several into biochar. We chipped some for mulch. But both of those required hauling it quite a ways. And that was only a tiny fraction of the honeysuckle here.
I’ve been wondering if I could turn it into hugels nearby where I am dropping it. I know some folks say it is alllelopathic, so there’s a slight concern about whether that’s an issue. Even if it is, won’t those chemicals break down over time?
If that’s a non-issue, it seems like honeysuckle hugels could be a great strategy for turning this “problem” plant into something cool.
Has anyone else tried this? Anything else I might need to consider?
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Should be fine, degrades fast. Just make sure its dried and dead before installing because they can root, and try to cut just before the seeds come out to weaken the bush. Makes a really spongy mass in my experience with large japanese honeysuckle. I use that to fill in between logs in hugels.
It will be back without controls like sheep. Nasty stuff.
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ive got massive honeysuckle growth in one garden spot where I ran a walk behind rototiller it expanded the growth exponentially. once cut it can re root super easy unless its dry enough out to completely dry it out not likely in winter or spring where I'm at.
I'm still learning about it and got lots more to cut and try to at least get growth rate stalled
If you use the open tench method, you could create biochar right where you fell the honeysuckle.
Since the trench will already be there, you could add
more un-charred wood, and cap it with soil left from digging the trench.
Leafy branches in particular might make for good hugel materials.
What should be planted in such a hugel?
Is there any plant that would do well in competition with the honeysuckle?
Running bamboo could be worse than the honeysuckle.
Jerusalem artichokes are at least edible, if difficult to control
Black berries are a natural fit.
Peas are aleopathic, and nitrogen fixing.