Does anyone know of some good species to build a Western Juniper-based guild? The reason I ask is that I am slowly converting my property to a forest garden-type setup. The nativetrees that are already here are mostly oaks, acacia, and lots of Juniper. Some of the Juniper are very large, provide a lot of shade and wind protection. I imagine I could use cat-claw as a N-fixer shrub. There is some type of native ground cover that looks a lot like vetch. So that's 2 species right there.
i'll be watching this thread as i have alot of junipers..unfortunatly some of the creeping type or "low growing? " ones got super super big and gangly and will be getting cut out and slashed up for either mulch or running through the chipper..they are really badly bunny eaten and absolutely huge..20' or more across..mostly bare trunks with bits of green at the end.
but I also have some smaller beautiful juniers that i truly love..
the big ones were growing amont other trees, mostly black spruce, helmock and pines
Bloom where you are planted.
So far, I have found the following to set up Western Juniper Guild:
Pinyon pine golden and wax currants wild grapes lambsquarters pricly pear cholla wolfberry rabbitbrush dropseed various yuccas various oaks and shrub oaks leaf sumac wild 4 o'clock blue gilia buckwheat claret cup scarlet buglar penstemon mockorange chokecherry
N fixers mountain mahogany New Mexico locust Apache plume lupine
Many of these are edible or medicinal. I am sure there are even more options as well.