Brenda Groth wrote:
good article on living fences in this months new Mother Earth News Magazine..quite useful
Consider adding mulberry to your hedge. has a lot of good benefits for the animals and same family as osage orange. Leaves are loaded with goodies as well as the berries. Some mulberries are suppose to be ever bearing, but not exactly sure what that means (6 weeks ?). Hazel nuts may be good too.
I'm planning to plant a living fence too. On top of being a critter barrier and privacy screen I am hoping to use plants that make good livestock fodder (for goats specifically). My idea being that since they need to be maintained anyway it would be nice to be able to supplement their feed with the trimmings. So far I have honey locust and tagasaste as the principle fodder trees for my hedge, I am also planting several other free standing trees such as ironwood as fodder trees as well. What would be some other good additions?
Cedar-apple rust is one of several similar fungal diseases which could be broadly classified as Juniper-Rosaceous rusts. All of these rusts have similar disease cycles but differ in which juniper and rosaceous species they infect and in symptoms they cause on these hosts. All of these rust diseases are caused by fungi in the genus Gymnosporangium. Each species spends part of its life cycle on a juniper host and part on one or more hosts in the rose family, and require both hosts to complete their life cycles. Cedar-apple rust is caused by the fungus Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae. Two other common juniper-rosaceous rusts are hawthorn rust and quince rust, although there are many more.
Examples of juniper hosts include eastern red cedar, southern red cedar, Rocky Mountain juniper, some prostrate junipers, and Chinese juniper. Examples of rosaceous hosts are apple, crabapple, hawthorn, quince, serviceberry, and pear. Some commercial apple varieties are also highly susceptible to cedar-apple rust; fruit may infected by the fungus, and infected leaves may drop prematurely causing potentially severe defoliation.
I have a question about hedge fences....is it a good idea to use on small city plots...i worry that my space is too small and may cut off a lot of light to my veggies but really think they would benefit from the wind break...I live on a corner lot and my husband has been trying to convince me to keep propagating red hot fire pokers as a hedge around the property. But I like the idea of mixing and having some edibles in there too.
what about some of these as a mix for Oregon coast...current....blueberry....Oregon grape...evergreen huckleberry...apple and maybe a hazelnut???
If visual screening or dust barrier is important your on the right track to include evergreens. If cedars and the other species seem to grow well together where you are, I'd say go for it.
I would also like to make a plug for Oikos Tree Crops (http://oikostreecrops.com/store/home.asp). These guys have awesome stuff. I just ordered some honeylocusts selected for pod production. The seed pods from the best ones are supposed to be a reasonable human food (according to Tree Crops by J. Russell Smith). In terms of forage for animals, the selected honeylocusts beat out oats as a forage crop in some trials. However, I don't know if I would count on honeylocust being a n-fixer. That is somewhat debatable. Either way, it can grow in tough, gnarly conditions.
Paul Cereghino wrote:Also consider our native hawthorne maybe from root cuttings.