Large Scale Edible Planting (woodland, shaded) post buckthorn

jplaylandJuly 26, 2013

I'm in the process of removing buckthorn from three acres of woods. Once done I would like to replant/reseed the area with edible plants. Most should be natives, a few can be non-native as long as they are non-invasive. I can't imagine planting a few thousand plants by hand, or the cost of those plants. Seed seems to be the right option.

My first question is: do you agree that seed is the right option?

Any idea where I could get bulk seed from native edibles?

Berries (any and all edible and tasty ones)
Deer Plot foods (greens, turnips, clover, ...)

I would love to find 3 or 4 seed mixes that I could selectively broadcast in appropriate areas of the woods.

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Growing shrubs from seed is tough. I've tried with little success. Unless you kill off all of the weeds, they tend to smother the shrubs.

Clover and herbs might be easier to grow from seed. Herbs may spread (though the ones that spread tend to be invasive).

You can sometimes get cheap shrubs when Lowes has an "end of season" discount bin, and some county soil conservation offices offer sales where they sell shrubs cheaply.

Don't know if you can do this in your area, but if you can burn what's there, the ash would encourage the growth of Blueberries and certain prairie species.

This post was edited by edlincoln on Tue, Jul 30, 13 at 12:31

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