Originally my thought was that there could not be seed spread by birds because there were no trees with seeds nearby. Maybe next trip I'll measure the distance but I'd guess at eight miles (as the crow flies) to the nearest juniper mature enough to seed.
I don't know why they come to me, maybe because I don't have dogs barking, maybe because so often there's no one the
kevin stewart wrote:Originally my thought was that there could not be seed spread by birds because there were no trees with seeds nearby. Maybe next trip I'll measure the distance but I'd guess at eight miles (as the crow flies) to the nearest juniper mature enough to seed.
I don't know why they come to me, maybe because I don't have dogs barking, maybe because so often there's no one there.
This year will be our fifth year of drought. Winter is already pretty dry. I save the seeds and will plant them in pots this spring.
Marco Banks wrote:Not to be a contrarian, but from my experience in Kansas where Osage Orange (hedge apples) are commonly used as shelter belts, they aren't planted by birds but by the farmers to keep the fields from blowing. WAY back in the day, they'd run a single bottom plow behind a team of horses right along their property line and turn over a single "flip" of soil. Then they'd walk along and drop a hedge apple in every 10 steps, and kick the dirt over the top. Two years later, they'd have an 8 foot tree and the makings of a boundary-defining shelter belt.
I remember a couple of the 80-year old farmers taking about it when I was a kid (back in the late 60's and early 70's. Their grandfathers had busted the sod and planted the first wheat crop, only to see the dust storms blow through and blow everything away. So the widespread use of Osage Orange as the most popular tree for Kansas shelter belts became the norm. Thousands of miles of these were planted in the 30's and 40's.
kevin stewart wrote:N.E. Arizona, no trees for miles, but my fence posts are providing a perch for birds to spread seeds. I am changing the landscape just by putting up posts.
wayne fajkus wrote:I noticed the same several years ago. I had read a book that said to plant trees where they want to be. This made me observe where they are currently. Its easy to see when driving down country roads in my area.
After adding a fence/ paddock for sheep, my first and only wild blackberry plant came to being. I hope the whole fence becomes a row of them.
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