Win a copy of The Biotime Log this week in the Permaculture forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies living kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • raven ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Julia Winter
garden masters:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • thomas rubino
  • Bill Crim
  • Kim Goodwin
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Amit Enventres
  • Mike Jay
  • Dan Boone

Cytissus/genista for nitrogen fixation  RSS feed

Posts: 25
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Does anyone have any experience or opinions on using our local legume shrubs (various cytissus and genista) as nitrogen fixers?

thanks and best regards
Posts: 802
Location: Italy, Siena, Gaiole in Chianti zone 9
books forest garden trees woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi, I live in Italy but have a lot of genista some cytissus. I can say by observing the genista spp that it is working as a pioneer species on my land
and it makes sense being a nitrogen fixer and with that goes with being so.
i think I'll leave it where it is.
As a pioneer after its been included again in the woodland it keeps on growing even if less thick, and thrives under the oaks. I have it even close to some olive trees.
I think it could be a good companion in food forest projects. Nice color of flowers even and good flowering period is it good for bees? I don't know.

This is an image of a place close to my land where you can actually see what a pioneer plant does. the genista is growing out of the woodland occupying the abandoned field.

this is supposed to be a surprise, but it smells like a tiny ad:
How to Make Your Own Emergency Home Battery Bank
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!