Michelle Day

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Amit Enventres wrote:This is hard to predict without a little more info.  Also, everyone's favorite forest edible: MUSHROOMS!!!


I'm in eastern Georgia. Very acidic soil. We have lots of native blackberries all over here, but I always see them in full sun. They also tend to take over everything. I tried blueberries at our old house and had terrible luck with them, but I'm sure it was my mistake. I've been meaning to visit the extension office,  which is only a couple miles away, but haven't yet.

We have some mystery berries in the sideyard that I am not sure what they are, and they fell off before I could ID them fully, but they looked like currants.

I am thinking mushrooms might be a later addition when I have a little more experience under my belt, and when the bald spots are a little healthier. The former owners really tore up the ground pretty badly.

Angelika Maier wrote:I live in a similar zone, but in the mountains, the other side of the globe. I grow and sell alpine strawberry plants. I find that they do good in sun and half shade actually I have some in full shade and it is OK. They dont bear as heavily than the other strawberry and I would see them more like a groundcover. There are cultivars which have bigger fruit. The advantage is that the fruit stays off the ground and the slugs can't get them. Many medicinal herbs grow in shade too.



I was looking at one spot edging the trees but should get some sun and thinking it would be nice covered in berry bushes. That sounds like it might be a better spot.

I really appreciate everyone's help. I will look into everything everyone suggests.
4 years ago
We've been clearing the trash out of the forest left by the previous owners, and I've been contemplating how to add more food plants. I'm wondering how wild or alpine strawberries do in forested areas?

I'm in zone 8a, so it gets really hot in the summer, but the forested part of our yard should stay fairly cool. All the junk they left caused some large bald spots. This is my first property that had any decent space for growing things, so I'm totally new and trying to figure out how to heal up the damage while adding some edibles. Have about an acre of forest. Will probably add some other plants, too, but still researching the native plants.
4 years ago
I worked at an art museum that featured Patrick Dougherty and he spent a couple months there building one of his stickworks that wrapped around the staircase, along with some other installations. He's really fascinating to talk with, and it was just amazing to see him work.

I really love the spirals in the first post. Would love to do that in our woods, but I have very little artistic vision. Envious of people that do.
4 years ago
Hi all. I'm just outside Athens. Moved away from Atlanta a couple of months ago (thank goodness...). Have my first ever winter garden going, and it's doing alright considering I didn't prep it very much. Also started a compost bin, but I can't tell how that is going quite yet.

We have two acres, and half is wooded. Been working on clearing junk from the woods. The former owners just dumped stuff back there.

I'm still a newbie when it comes to permaculture, and I'd love to get more experience.
4 years ago