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Gojiberry (wolfberry) guild ideas?

 
Nas Mus
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Sorry if this is the wrong section. Did a search and could not find anything on goji berry guild. New to permaculture. I was wondering what other types of edible plants go well with goji berries (wolf berries) as a guild? I have chickens, so a lot of my forest garden growing will be with chickens in mind.
 
Sean Banks
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For chickens I would definitely do the Illinois everberring mulberry....thats going to be your biggest crop. They produce crops of berries throughout the summer...chickens love them....also I would include raspberries, blackberries, goumi's, bush cherries, currants, gooseberries, highbush blueberries, and cranberry bush viburnums (chickens might not reach), elderberry (again chickens might not reach fruit), seabuckthorn (not sure if chickens will eat these but people can). These are all bushes that should not shade each other out as they grow; the mulberry is an exception but that is a must have for chickens and people.
 
Jennifer Wadsworth
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Hi Nas:

What climate are you in? Wolfberries span a pretty large climactic profile and guilds will vary accordingly. For instance, here in the hot desert, we have a wolfberry guild with these elements:
Overstory: blue palo verde
Understroy: wolfberry, chuperosa, penstamon, oreganillo, limberbush
Cacti: edible prickly pear, barrel cactus, saguaro

However, if you're in a different climate - these might not work for you =)
 
John Polk
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@ Jennifer:
Given your location, I'm curious to know if you are growing the Chinese Wolfberry (Lycium chinense), or the one native to the Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts (Lycium exsertum).

 
Jennifer Wadsworth
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@John - The people growing wolfberry here that I know have used Lycium fremontii (also native). I personally don't have it on my property (although I would love to) due to a fairly severe vision disability. I try to limit my thorny plants to the overstory so I don't bumble into them as that never turns out well. Bit challenging avoiding thorny plants in the desert though.

Now that you mention it - I wonder if sometimes Lycium fremontii doesn't get confused with Lycium exsertum. According to http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM01419 we have 15 species of Lycium in the Sonoran desert.

Great question - thanks for asking it.

Oh, and to answer your question about Chinese Wolfberry (Lycium chinense), I've heard of people around here trying it but I haven't followed up with them on their success. Mostly I prefer to grow natives if there's a suitable native alternative, but I certainly have plenty of exotics too.
 
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