What can you grow food-wise under the eucalyptus canopy and in clearings mulched with eucalyptus leaves?
Please let me know both annuals and perennials...
One advantage is that gum trees don't have a very dense crown so there's enough light coming through.
The funny thing is that people around here are not aware of gum tree problem and put their veggie beds as raised beds under gum trees and you won't believe it this seems to work. Establishing a food forest might be more difficult but I think raised veggie beds will work. Mushroom might work too.
Paula Edwards wrote:I have searched the web on this too but there is not much information like what you would be able to grow under a walnut tree for example.
Eric Toensmeier wrote:Edible Forest Gardens has a table of species that grow fine with black walnut juglone.
If you search for "yarra ranges plant communities", you will find a detailed list of 36 microclimate-specific natural guilds identified within the gum-dominated area im speaking of.
P.s. honey from bees fed primarily on gum varieties is extremely common here in Australia. You may already have an untappedresource that will assist pollination of your food forest.
bed then put a weed mat underneath. Or try some cheap fruit trees, stuff you grow out of a seed or from a cutting.
Maybe it depends as well on the soil climate and the type of gum tree.
They are full of gum, and they BURN easily.
They will even catch fire at a distance, only with heat, because their oil is volatile.
I think you can cut some trees!
I see no problem to cut when replanting right away!
Anyway, eucalyptus were once planted and then they grew in places that they liked.
My island have some eucalyptus too, but very little and they do not extend, as life is hard for them here.
Anyway, I have seeds, but the citriodora type, because it is a good medicinal for joints and as insect repellent.
Also, we have a ton of native Uruguayan bushes that grow under the eucs (chal chal, anacahuita, etc.) All volunteers. Again, this makes me believe that the overwhelmingly anti-euc bias just isn't justified.
In my experience you will have to take a spade to cut about a foot down around wherever you are trying to grow to cut the small, stringy brown euc roots that hinder veggie growth.
Here's a couple of discussions from the Australians that you might find useful.
There's at least one euc in this food forest (with citronella growing below it and food plants nearby)
Paula Edwards wrote:Xisca you don't have bushcare ladies in your country and no bushcare workers either. In most areas you cannot simply cut you gum tree down, but you are definitively right they are a fire hazard, topple easily over in strong winds and sometimes drop branches on your head.
Oops right! We have the same here with pines and dragos!
Forbidden to cut them.
Well, you can quit a few depending how big and how many there are...
Thus I would replace slowly.