I have a post in the wwoofers forum about my property and some of the things going on here. It is a particularly windy morning and I'm not in the mood to work outdoors so I'm starting seeds indoors and got to thinking as I watched all the trees sway in the wind... We have a ton of volunteer/pioneer/native plants including many deciduous trees that are very useful to homesteading/permaculture.
I'm going to name a few and their uses. Please feel free to chime in if I've missed anything or with your own personal plants and their uses.
Oak - multiple varieties
-acorns for food
-leaves great for humanure -wood
Pine - Gray, Ponderosa, Sugar, White
-timber (mostly the white which is more rare here)
-firewood (outdoor, not in dry season. The pitch causes popping and spark throwing)
Vitamin c tea
Pine straw Kindling Mulch for plants requiring acidic soil i.e. blueberry's...
Can be chewed to rehydrate (bitter/sour)
-wood great for crafting. Burns very fast and crackles/throws sparks
I have volunteer mimosa trees in part of my property that I am converting to food forest.
This area was used as a standard row garden by the previous owner and it is depleted of nitrogen so I am letting the mimosas grow to help replentish that.
I also have sumac trees coming up there and they are growing very well, so I am leaving them to provide shade for other plants.
Wild violets are running wild across my property for the last few years, they make great ground cover / green manure / edible flowers and leaves.
Yeah, well North Georgia Appalachian mountain region.
I have two acres, one acre of that I used to mow, I'm down to just mowing foot paths through it. I have all kinds of "surprise" useful plants that come up that I used to mow down.
For instance my two cherry trees became 10+ cherry trees because of all the root suckers that I stopped mowing down. Some are less than 4 years old and already fruiting!
It's amazing what doing LESS WORK has given me! lol