Thanks also for the root-barrier ideas for the water-loving species
chris cromeens wrote: I also have everbearing strawberries under my oak forest and they are slowly expanding and even give a few intense flavored strawberries.
Kerry Rodgers wrote:Hi Steve,
Congrats on the book coming out!
I live in the suburbs of North Texas, in sandy-clay loam soil (locally called Cross Timbers soil) where the climax species is post oak (Q stellata). My half-acre lot is still about 1/3 covered with regrowth oak canopy, and I'd like to grow forest edibles and medicinals there--ginseng, goldenseal, black currant, etc. Unfortunately, the previous owner was removing all the leaves and putting out chemicals to try to grow a lawn. The soil is very depleted. I'm trying to grow some cover crops, put out some mulches, make some compost, but without much of a plan.
How should I best rehab my soil under the oaks to make them healthy and establish a productive understory? What would be some support-species plants for this situation? (Zone 7b. 30" annual rainfall. hot, dry summers)