Near Infinite cut and come again potential makes it great for sheet mulching
Giant root balls hold soil in place even on steep hillsides
Take up lots of sun in clearings
Occupy extensive tracts of forest
Here's a picture of some in my front yard. I cut 3 of them down to nothing early this june and trimmed the mostly dead saggy bottom 1/3 of the forth. Stems where used as sheet mulch for the area they are growing. A former septic leach field in near full sun.
EDIT: 3 (2.5) ferns in foreground cut to ground this june 4th fern just had bottom ring cleared
Alder Burns wrote:Do you know for sure that the young fiddleheads are not edible?
They have always looked tough and feathery. I have eaten other fiddle heads but these just look unapatizing. So no. I have never eaten then and gotten sick. So I don't know for sure they aren't edible - but I am strongly suspicious. I'll takes some photos of new fronds emerging and perhaps try a bite or two next spring there is fern everywhere around here
This means that you should KNOW the History of the Ground that you are picking on, Not close to a Black top Road ( Fiddle heads follow water courses, so
do roads ! ) And not on the site of -or down stream from Mine workings/tailings or old tanneries !
Due to neighbors who refuse to maintain drainage ditches on their property I have nearly a 1/4 of an acre that needed 5-6 years to progress to a solid field of
Fiddle heads, ( The problem is the Solution !) plus a few other sites for the very early ones and the Deep revenues that hold snow till 1/2 way through May for
the late/last ones !
heads I do not mess with the bracken, I have been told that the two cooked al dente, are virtually the same, I have also been told they taste like dirt, and that they
taste like Asparagus ! I like mine with a splash of vinegar, wine vinegar with tarragon when I can get it ! For the crafts Big AL
Landon Sunrich wrote:So given the chose between a roofed metal cage with a few big rocks and a stand of sword ferns, my chickens choose sword ferns. They also seem to dig ostrich ferns
For clarity, I meant for housing, nesting, and shelter