Request ideas for Ozark edibles

treegal67June 16, 2007

Hello, I'd love to hear suggestions for edible shrubs (edible to people,birds, goat and/or chicken fodder) for a fairly rocky Ozark site and tough soil in NW Arkansas zone 6b. Some for sun, some for shade and part shade, for various sites on my 3 acres. I'm looking for things that once started well, are fairly self sufficient.

I read so many edibles that seem to do well in the pacific NW but I don't know what to try here... If there's anyone out there in the Ozarks working with edibles I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks in Advance!


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I feel you'd do well to take a look at a book by Lee Reich called "Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden". In contrast to so many other books that only deal with finicky edibles that need constant care or those that are only somewhat tasty the plants listed in this book are probably just what you're looking for: hardy, tasty, and do well under a variety of conditions. I found a copy at my local library.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 6:39AM
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Hi Treegal! Gardenweb also has a forum for gardening in the Ozarks that you may find helpful. There are several people there familiar with your rocky soil and hot, dry summers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ozarks Region Gardening

    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 8:33AM
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ben_birding(z3 AR)

A good shade(part to full) shrub/small tree that always reminds me of the Ozarks, is Lindera benzoin, or Spicebush. It can grow in ozark soil just fine too.
It has leaves that can be made into tea, I believe, and the berries are edible. The birds appreciate the berries as well and the butterflies appreciate the early spring flowers. It is also the hosplant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly.
This Arky is posting from North Little Rock. :)

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 2:59PM
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