I have 10 acres of cedar forest. Which I love. It convinced me to buy the land 20 years ago. The house wasn’t important at all. I have been thinning the forest over the years to create some light, to be able to plant other tree species to bring some diversity I have planted so many trees on my land especially nut trees and Rowan’s and elderberries, thousands actually. The only place the trees don’t thrive is near the cedars. The cedars were planted 30-40 years ago because of the rocky terrain they thought wasn’t suitable for farming. Now of course with the size of machinery that wouldn’t be an issue, since the clear cutting of forests in our area seems to be in full swing. Rocks the size of cars are nothing to these monsters. I have been going to the clearcuts close by and removing little saplings and wild garlic, wild ginger etc and transplanting to my woods and the edge of my forest in hoping to save them. All the different types of ferns too. I’m hoping they all survive. I haven’t seen any ticks in my forest because there is not much undergrowth, but of course the deer that come for the sanctuary will bring their tourists.
The only thing I can count on is my lepista Irina mushrooms that grow in the cedars in the fall. There are many more mushrooms but these are the only edible ones I have found.
I seem to be restricted to planting my medicinals in the fields and hedgerows of the property. Should I be bringing a good tractor bucket of cow manure in the forest to plant other species? Or would I be disturbing an eco system? Someone once told me that I shouldn’t be harvesting berries from bushes and trees that were transplanted, since they weren’t natural to that soil or to that area. To harvest from the wild was the best for human and for the tree/bush since it had chosen to be there and it was at it’s optimum health in its own habitat. Has anyone ever heard that before?