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Reviving a clear cut

 
Nils Rehmann
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Hi all,

we are currently contemplating to buy a 80 acre piece of land to set up a Permaculture education center in eastern Canada. The area is recently clear cut (recently as in the last weeks and as I write this). The land is rather inexpensive and has access to a lake as well as some springs on the ground.

I wonder about the stumpage that will be left in the ground after the cutting process. I don't think that I will have money or means to clear all the stumps off the ground. However, our plan forsees a large agroforestry system and food forest. How would I best deal with the stumps. will I just leave them in the ground and plant trees next to them? Will that hamper the growth of the trees.

Maybe someone here knows.

Greetings from a slowly slowly thawing Canada.

Nils
 
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The first idea that comes to my mind as to how to deal with them is to innoculate them with edible mushrooms, but that might be quite a task on 80 acres.
 
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It is a good plan to plant new trees next to stumps. As the stumps and the old roots break down, the new roots will follow along the resulting channels.....
 
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The mushroom idea also had crossed my mind. I wonder whether you can grow ceps close to the old pine and fir stumps? Oyster mushrooms should work great and shitakee on the hardwood.

I am glad to hear that the planting side by side also echoes my thoughts.
 
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Unfortunately, I think most of the best and most readily available mushrooms (shiitakes, oysters, etc.) prefer hardwood. Unless the stumps are very fresh, they are probably already inoculated with wood-eating fungi anyway....
 
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