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879Re: [pfaf] Re: [PermacultureWoodlands] WHY WE NEED WILD LAND

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  • Andy Reed
    Jan 1, 1997
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      I don't know if it would work where you live, but in the midwest US we have an invincible scourge that takes over any open space called mulitflora rose, also non-native.  This is a major problem but a major breakthrough was realized when we figured out goats like to eat it, might be ridiculous, off the mark, but have you tried letting goats eat the invasive blackberry?
      Andrew Reed, B.S.
      "there is no way to peace, peace is the way"
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      Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 1:14 PM
      Subject: Re: [pfaf] Re: [PermacultureWoodlands] WHY WE NEED WILD LAND

      In the Willamette River valley where I live, many berries grow well.  We grow native blackberries, salal, salmon berries and huckleberries, and have added raspberries, blueberries, cranberries.  We grow some lingonberries-that I think come from your region, as well as boysenberries, currants, gooseberries. 
      We actually have a huge problem with non-native blackberries being invasive and causing erosion and removing diversity around water bodies-it is just one of the things affecting our loss of salmon habitat. 
      But back to what grows: apples, figs, peaches, plums, cherries, some nuts, like walnuts and filberts, and much more.  Even some of the hardier citrus will grow here.  This is a very fertile area with a mild climate.  A nursery that specializes in unusual edibles nearby may help illustrate what we can grow.   
      Here is the nursery's interesting website:  http://www.onegreenworld.com/
      Another similar and terrific nursery north of us in the state of Washington is  http://www.raintreenursery.com/
      Hope you find this interesting,
      Geir Flatabø <geirf@...> wrote:
      WHat kind of wild berries / fruits do you get / pick,
      oregon is from natures side very rich in species compared to Norway /

      Geir Flatabø

      Diana Santry skrev:

      >We have a pretty good attitude about wildness here in
      >Portland, Oregon, US, still I live in a 'tidy'
      >neighborhood.  I don't have much more than a little
      >city lot, but it's teeming with berries and fruit and
      >weeds! that the pollinators love!  My neighbors don't
      >know much of what to think, because it certainly
      >doesn't fit in, but its gorgeous! and me and the kids
      >can eat berries if we beat the birds and life is here!
      > I hope this takes over the town.  Feels so good!
      >Congratulations to all of us humans allowing our earth
      >to recover in Texas and in Australia and all over this
      >world! We don't need to control everything! Thanks for
      >this posting. My heart feels better hearing about
      >people with a future in mind!
      >--- Martin Naylor <martinwnaylor@...> wrote:

      >>thats so wonderfull, over here in australia we have
      >>a tidy towns competition, bill mollison whant's it
      >>changed to an untidy town's competition, at least
      >>you know that your eyes don't lie, don't fear there
      >>are many along the line who know not what any of it
      >>is worth,
      >>"Gloria C. Baikauskas" <gcb49@...> wrote:
      >>I wish I had a camera...and had had a camera...to
      >>show you what has
      >>happened to my own 3 acres in NCentral Texas in the
      >>8 years we have
      >>lived here.  I don't mow it..well most of it. 
      >>It is also regenerating.  Each year I see new weeds
      >>replace the
      >>varieties that were there the year before..and
      >>sometimes longer. 
      >>Birds, or other critters, have planted trees for us
      >>that have grown
      >>so quickly it is hard to believe after dealing with
      >>trees from nurseries all of my life.  One hackberry
      >>tree was as tall
      >>as the house (sits on the other side of the driveway
      >>from it) after 3
      >>Wildflowers also seem to change out.  It has been so
      >>interesting to
      >>watch, though I suspect the neighbors think I am
      >>eccentric, to say
      >>the least, and crazy maybe more often. 
      >>I have tried to explain it to them...and watched
      >>them roll their eyes
      >>too often. 
      >>When we moved here this was basically dead soil.  It
      >>had been
      >>chemically farmed for as long as anyone remembered.
      >>I used to get
      >>rashes all over me when I tried working in the
      >>soil...and my dogs
      >>lost hair from laying on it. 
      >>It has taught me so much more than I could ever
      >>learn in a book, even
      >>if it looks like no gardener lives here at all.
      >>Gloria, Texas USA
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