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PEP BB greywillow.sand.fivetrees - Plant Five "Poop Beast" Trees

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Greywater and Willow Feeders.

In this Badge Bit you will plant five "poop beast" trees that include willow, cottonwood, and/or poplar.



Here are some related articles
 - Weeping Willow Planting Instructions
 - How to Plant Weeping Willow Trees
 - How to Plant Cottonwood Tree Seeds
 - Lombardy Plant Poplar Profile

Here are some threads on the larger context of willow feeders and poop beasts:
 - Tree Bog vs Dry Outhouse
 - The First Willow Feeder
 - Willow Feeder #3 - Willow Wonka
 - Poop Beasts

Here are some videos about growing Willow, Poplar, and Cottonwood trees.
I also included a nice video on uses of the willow tree.







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - plant five poop beasts
     - willow, cottonwood or poplar
     - must be planted somewhere where they will get enough water
     - since these do not have a taproot, you can transplant, stick cuttings or plant seed

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
 - a picture of the seeds, cuttings and/or transplants that you are planting
 - a picture of you planting the seeds/transplants/cuttings
 - a picture of the transplanted trees, or a clear label for the spot with the seeds
 - OR a 2-minute video of you doing the above
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I was finally able to get my hands on some green willow cuttings!
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They're alive, also, apparently willow water is a thing
They
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This will be fairly easy for me ... I have some willows growing here. I only have to cut a branch,divide it in five (or more) and plant those cuttings ... But first I have to wait for the weather to change (now the soil is frozen)
 
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There is a section of bank that has grown over by blackberry that I've been wanting to get trees planted to provide shade for the water, protection for the waterfowl and other critters, and something to out-compete the blackberries eventually.

I took cuttings from a willow and planted them along the waters edge today.
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The donor willow tree.
The donor willow tree.
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Close up of donor tree.
Close up of donor tree.
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Action shot taking cuttings.
Action shot taking cuttings.
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The cuttings.
The cuttings.
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Action shot planting plant 1.
Action shot planting plant 1.
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Plant 2.
Plant 2.
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Plant 3.
Plant 3.
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Plant 4.
Plant 4.
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Action shot planting plant 5.
Action shot planting plant 5.
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Plant 6.
Plant 6.
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Plant 7.
Plant 7.
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Plant 8.
Plant 8.
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Note: You may want to trim of the branches to reduce bud pressure on the cuttings

 
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i planted 10 cottonwood cuttings i bought from the department of conservation in an area that is constantly wet (notice the mud).
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I planted some cottonwood seeds today!  Probably 50 or so.  Used wooden stakes with aluminum identifying signs.  They were planted in a spot with green grass (in Montana) on the north side of a berm in the partial shade of a nice conifer.  So they're in the dampest spot I could find.
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Shady, green spot where we planted them
Shady, green spot where we planted them
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Planting one of the seeds
Planting one of the seeds
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Here is my submission for the Grey Willow - Sand - Plant Five Trees BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - a picture of the seeds
 - a picture of you planting the seeds
 - a picture of the clear label for the spot with the seeds

I make a stake for each of the five seed planting areas.  The seeds are planted on the north side of the berm at the southern boundary.
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My Stakes (in yellow circles) each with cottonwood seeds at its base
My Stakes (in yellow circles) each with cottonwood seeds at its base
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Planted 5 cottonwood trees on a lush and green area of a berm that seems to get a lot of water.
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Planted and labeled
Planted and labeled
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I have read through the requirements for plant 5 trees and have some questions on the types of trees that are required to be planted.
Do the trees have to be weeping willow, cotton wood or poplar or can they be something else which does the same thing?

My take on achieving the BB is to get rid of water and waste lying around which is likely to be a pollutant to the surrounding area and can potentially get into waterways.
I have found this site.  It provides a plant resource for Australia. https://www.acs.edu.au/Info/Hobby/Landscaping/Wet-Soil-plants.aspx

Willows are a weed of national significance and cannot be sold or planted in NSW
https://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/WeedListPublics/CategoryResults?showImages=True&categoryId=15&pageTitle=Plants%20that%20must%20not%20be%20sold%20anywhere%20in%20NSW
In short, to plant willow, we would be breaking the law.

Cottonwood and poplar species are reasonably difficult to establish in this area because during summer, the days can get to 45deg C (113 deg F) and be accompanied by a dry hot wind.  They are more suited to temperate climates with a higher rain fall. I have seen the wind cook all the leaves off a tree.  The other thing with these two plants is that they are not native to our area.  

Casurina species are naturalised/ native  to our area and achieve the same end result.
https://www.nurseriesonline.com.au/plant-index/australian-native-plants/casuarina/   As a serendipity, the seed pods are a food source for the endangered black cockatoo and other parrot species.
Can casurina be used as an alternative species to achieve the BB?
Thanks,  Appreciate your consideration and advice
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Well, this is where not living near Montana can be a challenge.  I can't plant some things from PEP due to local regulations as well.

Substituting doesn't count but I think any type of willow would be fine (not just weeping).

Keep in mind it just says you have to plant them, they don't have to grow to get the BB.  Montana gets up to 107F so maybe poplar would do ok in your area.  One way to find out...
 
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I got cuttings from the local park and planted them along my fence line.
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Big cottonwood donor tree
Big cottonwood donor tree
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Planting a cutting
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All cuttings planted
All cuttings planted
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Mike Haasl wrote:  Montana gets up to 107F.


Montana's average high temp is 85F, yes it has gotten all the way up to 117F but only for a day and the number of days it has gotten above 90F in a row is 38 set back in 1922, completely different climate than anywhere in Australia.
 
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Planting 5 poop beasts (and one spare). Willow rooted cuttings bought from a local Farmer's market.

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I've been planning a quiet spot out near my garden. I first made a gazeebo out of dead trees, and now I am planting baby aspens in-between them to weave in and eventually give me more shade in the structure.  a TREE-ZEE-Bo lol! They came in pots, pretty cheap.  I planted them around my sun-set-sitting-spot. I'd like to NOT run all the way back to the house whenever I have to pee, (I'm super pregnant, so that happens a lot...) so now I have pee-loving aspens near my peaceful spot. YAY!
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The spot they are going around
The spot they are going around
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Tree in pot
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This one needed a stake
This one needed a stake
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CHEEZE!
CHEEZE!
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all 5 trees in place
all 5 trees in place
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Note: Sorry, the trees for this BB must be willow, cottonwood or poplar.

 
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Aspens are a kind of poplar tree. Poplar is a big group of trees, 35 species or so, including willows and cottonwoods and aspens. Here is a Britannica page about them: https://www.britannica.com/plant/poplar

so I am confused what is meant by "poplar" tree for this bb?

 
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