D Tucholske wrote:That's mostly what I'm doing too.
If you live in the US:
--Use wildflower.org as a jumping off point to find native plants that you want in your area & do further research on the ones you like.
--I attempted to put together a list of all types of native edible in North America in its own thread, if it happens to help. Just keep in mind, it may not be perfect, but I think I got a mention of at least species of most native edibles in there.
--If you live far enough north to naturally experience a winter, there are some plants that require special soil conditions that your forest may or may not have anymore. If no, there's no real way to fix it & you'll have to artificially recreate those conditions.
--If you're going with seeds, collect the seeds you want throughout the year, keep them in your fridge & put them out roughly between late November- early February. Only sow root stocks or bigger seeds into the dirt, for the rest just incrementally throw them around.
If you live south of the snow line, then different measures may be in order. All in all, you don't have to do too much work to clear things out to encourage what you do want to grow, but some people work a lot harder to up their land's productivity with a few tricks here & there & turn it into a full on jungle. Just depends on how far you really want to take it.
Peter Ellis wrote:
In terms of a plan of action - once you have a sense of the varieties you want to grow, I suggest getting nursery stock from local sources, so that you know the genetics fit your region. Get a few of each variety, plant these pioneers someplace where you can give them lots of tender loving care and use them as your nursery, propagating hundreds, even thousands more for planting out into wider areas of your landscape.
When you start having a good supply of your own home grown plants to distribute into your woods, it gets much easier to just stick a little tree seedling in the ground and walk away, leaving it to make it on its own - just like Nature does.
Step one: Observe and identify
Step two: Choose your plant varieties
Step three: Establish your own nursery stock so you can propagate the numbers you will need
Step four: Manage your existing woodland to favor varieties you desire. Use that process to introduce varieties you desire. (create a clearing and plant the edge communities, thin younger trees in an area and introduce desired canopy trees)
Step five: Watch and enjoy for decades, because we're creating multi-generational systems