So the property I have is about 13 acres forest, 13 acres of swamp. It's in upstate NY ~10 miles from Lake Ontario. I want to develop a strategy for planting vegetation that could potentially deliver outputs in some form. I suppose I am thinking of edibles, but any of the other f's would be welcome in informing the planning stage, particularly medicinal herbs. I am interested in avoiding anything that might be labeled invasive or any modifications that would destabilize the balance of the wetland. Also any suggestions for buffer vegetation for the surrounding areas that could also deliver an output? I am interested in putting in split log trails into the wetland to allow for travel through this area eventually if I can be sure it won't stress the wildlife out too much, but for now, I would want to work with the existing edge. We have skunk cabbage growing in there now and hemlock. There are areas ranging from shade to full sun, although around the edge, shade is dominant. Do any species of flora come to mind? I'm open to trying to propagate species from cuttings from similar wetlands if suggestions are not commercially available.
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Late note : The entire boundary of your swamp can be seeded to Ostrich or fiddlehead ferns (actually the ferns reproduce by spores ) which are edible and
early spring in your location before May 10th, and getting earlier every year! Fiddleheads are sale able in all Asian markets fresh and frozen, and high end
restaurants will serve say three 6'' brook trout and 10 fiddle head ferns on a bed of wild rice and charge you 50 - 60 bucks a plate !
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one of my plans for the wet areas in my forest around the river is planting energy willow (namely Salix Viminalis) for heating energy
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riffing off of Allen's idea of fern dishes, how about wild rice as well? i believe there's a species that grows well in climates like yours (remember seeing a bunch of people selling seed from MN).
on the medicinal tip, there's jewelweed (an annual, so you have to get seed, but you may have some already growing around). also, prunella vulgaris (self-heal). btw, i have found this summer that nastertiums thrive on the wet edge. also, river oats, though not sure if they'll survive the winters that far north. beautiful plant though.
you could also consider inoculating those logs with mushrooms or better yet, just wait for the mushrooms to show up. i bet at the least you'll get some turkey tail.
awesome subject...have a good chunk of woodland wetland as well that we're plotting. hopefully others will chime in with some good ideas.
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