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A forest in a box

 
Robert Breen
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Hello friends! This will be my first post and it's about an idea that came to me just today. Just a quick introduction; I moved my farm last summer. 10 acres of mostly pasture and a small woodland. I have planted roughly 300 tree saplings, from fruit and nut to native hardwoods. So I have been dealing with a LOT of turf.. the unproductive bane of my existence. i have a hundred siberian peashrubs that are ready to move into the pastures, I want to create a 'forest edge' along the fence lines and integrate my herd and other plant species. So this 'problem' I have with grass is really slowing me down. I find it unreasonable to till which would leave a lot of bareness in between the trees. So I had an idea and want to share it with you good folks and hopefully come away with some thoughts.

What if we were to create a box that housed a succession style composition of seeds? Perhaps the right recipe embedded in a 'micro-hugel' based cardboard, or compostable medium, box that we placed where we wanted to establish a forest. It might need tended to in it's infancy, maybe not. I already do this with perennial vines and annual beans so I don't have to dig up every new site I choose. They establish well and as time and weather do their glorious thing, worms come up, roots go down and the box is nowhere to be found. Now I'm just thinking on a much larger scale.

Thoughts? Critiques? RECIPES??

Robert
 
leila hamaya
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interesting idea if i am reading you correctly.
i have made seed paper, when making the paper i put the seeds into it. but this is more like a greeting card style, for after its sent to someone theres a blurb on it to plant the paper. actually i have been wanting to make some recently.

but i assume you mean just putting them in a box? i would think some things would work better than others, as far as varieties. i dont know if tree seeds would work out this way?

then theres seed balls
 
elle sagenev
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Like 1 box with a tree seed and all the guild plants for that tree? I like the idea. Trees take quite some time to grow from seed though, so I'd think they'd be smothered by the other guild plants. Perhaps if you have a fruit tree guild in a box and you plant the tree into it, that would work well enough I'd think.
 
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