I really appreciate all that this community has to offer, and hope that I can contribute meaningfully in the future.
In any case, I've been listening to "The Duke's" podcasts and gather that allopathic considerations are important when choosing
Hugelkulturwood. As this will be my first Hugel-Bed (and will be laboring by hand, alone) I'd like to get it "right" the first time.
So, hopefully some kind soul happens upon this post and recognizes the tree species in question.
Thanks in advance,
p.s. disclaimer: I did look for threads involving tree ID resources, in addition to reading my extension offices' .pdf regarding my local tree species (nothing jumped out at me).
Thanks for the welcome! I went out this morning and scoured the area for seeds/flowers/pods etc. and came up empty.
Given the time of year, I'd say that either it doesn't produce any, it's an very late bloomer, or they're extremely tasty to
the local fauna (searched through the underbrush for remnants and nadda).
If it helps, the tree is a prolific sap producer, and it smells a bit funky. Hopefully that's not a bad sign.
The mystery tree looks very much like what we called a Chinese elm that grew in my parent's yard in southeast Iowa. It also had dark heartwood, oozing funky smelling sap, and the same size, shape, and pattern of leaves. It looks like old fruiting bodies stuck to the pavement in your second photo. Do you notice a lot of disk like "seeds" drifting around in the spring? It should be fine for a hugel, as far as I know.
Thanks for the great reply. Looking at the document you posted it certainly seems I have a species of elm, and given that I don't see any counter-indications (compared to my observation) listed in the data sheet, I'd say Siberian is a winner!
Yeah I would just go for it and plant with tolerant plants the first year. After fungi sets up, it shouldn't leach and keeps the chemicals under control. Fungi was noted in Jordan for blocking salt uptake from the soils.
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Per that post I'm thinking I'll "seed" the bed with some sort of fungal inoculation per http://www.fieldforest.net/ .
I had planned on only planting some sort of green manure seed mix this growing season (if for no other reason then it's
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