steve bossie wrote:we have alot of junk fish species in our waters here. i catch 100 of them . put in a sealable barrel w some molasses and let them ferment for 3 months. leave the lid a little lose for gas to escape. even the bones disappear. makes the best fish emulsion!
Ryan Sanders wrote:I am also on the long patient journey to more shade and wind protection in a dry climate. I would definitely second the nursery idea. It has been really easy and allows me to cheaply grow more locally adapted perennials. I just make a point of collecting seeds in the fall.
I have adopted a couple strategies:
-Plant the riparian zones: shade begets shade, so move the edge out slowly. I can mostly neglect these plantings.
-Drip irrigation for perennial establishment in full sun. I run one poly pipe with drippers that can be connected to a garden hose a few times a year when the trees are stressed. Even plant spacing means you can reuse for a new row once established.
-Individual larger plants: These get babied often watered by hand with 6"+ of mulch. I only plant a couple per year, so they can get the necessary attention.
From a pioneer species perspective, locusts and siberian pea shrub have been the top performers outside the riparian zone.
Tyler Ludens wrote:
Even annuals are slow-growing in your locale? I planted native wildflower seed in one bald spot on my place and they made complete cover in a couple seasons with no irrigation. Some were annuals, some perennials. Shrubs and trees are much slower.