Live in SoCal and thinking of a bamboo (Black) border on the western part of my property. Its down slope and do not want to water out there.
Was thinking a buried huglebed (2-3 ft down) that rose above grade by about 2' may provide enough of a berm to easily containg the bamboo. Any rhizomes shooting off would be seen out the side of the bed and whacked with a hoe.
What are any thoughts of bamboo growing in a huglebed?
I would like to have this bed be about 4oo' long. I have plenty of wood dead oak limbs and manzanita to fill it.
Travis Philp wrote:
There is a program in my province that provides trees for 15 cents each. I've just met with a consultant about it today and it sounds like a great thing to be a part of.
I'd like to pick the collective brain of permies.com to see what kind of a plan you would come up with from the information below...
GENERAL PROGRAM INFO
The program requires a minimum of 5 acres and 3000 trees, which means that each tree would be 8 feet apart if spaced evenly, which doesn't have to be the case. The property itself is 100 acres with 70 workable. At 15 cents per tree plus taxes its about $500-$600. I could plant up to 4500 or so trees but money is at a minimum, and also thats getting a bit too dense in terms of planting space for my liking, though it could have advantages.
An agreement must be made that I won't do any cutting of the trees for 15 years. The consultant told me that this is more of a general rule simply meant to keep people from selling 5-10 year old trees as nursery stock or christmas trees on a large scale. He then said that in reality some trees will have to come out for various reasons and at that point, why not sell them or do as you wish with them. So there is some flexibility there but I'm not yet sure how much.
The site preparation and planting is subsidized and my choices of method are furrowing with a tractor, or spraying with vinegar (this took some convincing on my part).
We at the farm here will be doing the vegetation control and could even get paid for it through the subsidy. As long at the methods work and meet approval anything goes really. My impression is that its a requirement that the planting area be relatively free of vegetation which eliminates food forest gardening (stupid, IMO) but I proposed seeding with a ground cover of white clover and this was alright with the consultant. The site I'm thinking of is in zone 4/5 anyways so I think I can deal with that.
The site itself is pretty flat, sandy loam, with a somewhat high groundwater level, though I'm not sure how high as I've only seen the land in the fall and winter.
As far as planting patterns, they are open to ideas about interplanting and staying away from straight rows, as long as it doesn't interfere with vegetation control. So I'm thinking of planting in sun traps or wavy lines at least but am open to suggestion.
Species List: (If you want scientific names I'll dig em up)
SPECIES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BUT ALREADY PRESENT IN GREAT NUMBERS ON THE PROPERTY
eastern white cedar
red osier dogwood
The following lists are available as well, and there are few to none of these on the property (There are a handful of mature sugar maple, willow and black cherry which could self seed so maybe I don't need to buy these?)
red osier dogwood
So I open the floor. What would you do in my situation?
Greetings from a newbie,
I am slowly learning about permaculture and have been working my garden in the right direction. I have noticed that we have Chinese silk trees all over the place. I now know that they are classified as an invasive exotic. However, since they are already all over the place, and they fix nitrogen, I would like to use them as companions with my fruit trees. I am thinking I could prune them into a large shrub form and plant them in relative proximity to my semi-dwarf fruit trees. I could probably control the number of pods they produce with fall pruning.
Anyone have a better suggestion? I like the idea of using what is already here.
Loren Luyendyk wrote:
The corporate model can work as long as the employees are happy.
Brenda Groth wrote:
I would create the largest food forest possible..as a matter of fact, that is what I'm doing here for "future generations"..as many of the trees I'm putting in these days won't bear before I'm either very old or gone (I'm 60)
John Polk wrote:
With enough diversity, an untended forest would balance itself out. The caveat would be that the plants most adaptable to the environment would eventually squeeze out the plants less suitable for the environment.
For what it's worth, banana plantations are extremely high labor intensive. The only reason they are inexpensive is that they grow in regions where labor is cheap.
Nice story. Arthur seemed like a cool guy, a bit ahead of his time, in terms of gardening technique.
I think I would start at the top and work my way down anyway, since I would rather shovel dirt downhill than shovel it uphill.
If it makes you feel any better, wisteria is a nitrogen fixer. Whether or not the fixed nitrogen is a benefit relative to the maintenance required to keep the plant in check is a tough call; however, just think, all the pruning you do to the plant releases that much more nitrogen into the soil.