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Balsam Fir

 
Andy Farnsworth
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Hi guys and gals,

I have about four acres of dense, scrubby balsam fir forest on a hillslope in central Ontario. I would like to thin much of it out to create space for something, but I'm not sure what. Any suggestions? Blueberries??
 
Alder Burns
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Soils under conifers around the world are notoriously acid and infertile. Blueberries sound like an excellent choice, being likely native to your region and adapted. You might seek out nitrogen-fixers and other soil builders to improve portions of the site....the challenge will be finding some that are adapted to your region. Alders? Eleagnus? Bayberry?
 
Paula Edwards
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mushrooms? chickens?
 
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