Ionel Catanescu wrote:Hi all you hardworking people.
I am trying to put some fencing up on the land (it is cca. 1 mile long on the perimeter).
A "built" fence is a no-no (due do $$$) but a tree/shrub hedge is ok.
I have gathered seed for all kind of shrubs and trees for this purpose.
One of these is honeylocust (Gleditsia Triacanthos).
Now, for a mile long hedge i need a lot of locust seed. But my place is full of these trees so i'm ok.
But the seeds are kept well in those huge pods.
I have no idea how to remove (on a large scale) the seeds from the pods.
Anyone has any idea ?
Ionel Catanescu wrote:I have no idea how to remove (on a large scale) the seeds from the pods.
Anyone has any idea ?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Plant the pods with the seeds still inside. The species knows how to get the seeds out of the pods and germinated without human labor.
Dan Boone wrote:Trace, just to be clear, are those bug-eaten seeds ones that looked whole when you put them into the freezer? As in, you'd already cut them out of the pods and sorted away the ones with visible bug holes before freezing?
Dan Boone wrote:The seeds are very hard and almost impossible to damage, plus they tend to want a bit of scarification (which is to say, a few nicks and abrasions is a good thing) for easy germination.
So what I would do (if you have a lot) is put the pods (when they are dry and black) in a big plastic bucket and then just stomp up and down on them with the end of a piece of firewood. The pods will break up and most of the seeds will just fall out.
Here is a thread with more information on getting those seeds to germinate once you've separated them: http://www.permies.com/t/12091/plants/Planting-Honey-Locust-seed
Gail Gardner wrote:Hi Dan. Do we have honey locusts in our area? I'd love to find someone who knows more trees and wild edibles than I do to help me identify them. Also, any idea what the trees in this area are with the flat branches?
I just found a bunch of American Beautyberry bushes growing wild in 2 different places (because now they have berries on them so easier to see). They aren't very big bushes or berries. I found wild persimmon seeds in coyote scat on the driveway so somewhere near here there must be at least one persimmon tree.
What I do have in abundance is black walnut, oak, and sumac so maybe I can trade some of that for honey locust seeds (and other things).
Dan Boone wrote:Anybody managing land for horses has probably cut them all down decades ago and brushhogged out all seedlings many years running. That said I will be happy to bring you seeds if you want, no need to trade for them.
Anyway I really do need to come by for a visit once this current slug of work slows down. I want to see those beautyberries as I have never found any closer than Arkansas! And I would be happy to help you identify any trees that I know. "Flat branches" doesn't ring any bells unless you are talking about winged elm, which has little ridges along both the branches and on the trunk?
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