Re: [fukuoka_farming] Sea-buckthorn - for fun and profit
- I have been interested in planting this as a hedge and in fact i have procured some seeds too.It grows in colder regions than mine but I want to give it a try.Any well drained soil,even poor in nutrients is suitable for it. It takes about 5 years to fruit though.
This is a good page on sea buckthorn http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/seabuckthorn.htm
From: fujiinn <fujiinn@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:33 PM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Sea-buckthorn - for fun and profit
I've searched the newsgroup for details on cultivation of this genus of shrubs but found very little information, except some references to it's nitrogen fixing qualities. I'm interested in establishing a colony for nutrition/pharmaceutics purposes using NF methods and I would greatly benefit your input: what soil preparations to make before planting the actual buckthorn (raised beds perhaps), if and what pioneer crops to grow before to encourage soil microbiological activity, aeration and water retention, what cover crop to use alongside the blackthorn itself, what other plants would be useful for other reasons (pest repellents maybe, other plants that provide rare nutrients perhaps), etc. I would also consider establishing a permaculture environment with the buckthorn as it's main protagonist. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
This is the plant I'm referring to in case you know it by a different name: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippophae_rhamnoides
I might get a chance in the near future for establishing the said culture in Romania. The only aspect that makes me anxious is the crop itself even if growing it would be probably the most easy part in this endeavor.
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