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Re: African Boxthorn, Bill Mollison and chickens

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  • Robert Alcock
    Thanks for your reply, Geir. As it happens I ve planted some Goji berry seed recently, we ll see if it comes up... How about protection from predators (the
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      Thanks for your reply, Geir. As it happens I've planted some Goji
      berry seed recently, we'll see if it comes up...

      How about protection from predators (the other function of the African
      Box Thorn in Mollison's case study)? What do yo do with your chickens?

      Robert

      --- In pfaf@yahoogroups.com, "Geir Flatabø" <geirf@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi
      > We have chickens free foraging in our garden.
      > Observations on what they eat - prefer to eat are:
      > ordinary grass- like Dactylis glomerata and Poa pratensis.
      > Flower buds from Cardamine pratensis.
      > Seeds from Impatiens glandulifera
      > Berries from Ribes rubrum, and apples....
      >
      > I guess Lycium halimifolium / L. chinense - the Goji berries would do
      > "the same" as lycium ferocissimum - and is not at all thath
      > ferocious..
      > I have read - (not tried ) - that Caragana spp are good seed spenders
      > for poultry...
      >
      > I have no goood seed sources ( before the coming autumn...).
      > Geir Flatabø
      > Norway
      >
      > 2008/2/18, Robert Alcock <ralcock@...>:
      > > Hi group,
      > >
      > > Greetings from northern Spain, where we're planting a forest garden as
      > > part of a project to create an ecological community and study centre -
      > > see www.lesspress.com for details.
      > >
      > > I ran across an interview on the web (at
      > > http://www.seedsofchange.com/be_organic/mollison_interview.asp) in
      > > which Bill Mollison talks about a tree called African Boxthorn which
      > > provides both protection and food for chickens. (see below for the
      > > relevant excerpt).
      > >
      > > I'd like to try planting tree/shrub species that would work in a
      > > similar way here. I'm concerned about introducing invasive weeds,
      > > though (the tree's Latin name "Lycium ferocissimum" doesn't inspire
      > > confidence!) and even though our climate is similar to that of
      > > Tasmania at present, there's always climate change to think about.
      > >
      > > Some questions, then:
      > >
      > > - Anyone have experience of chickens living free with either L.
      > > ferocissimum or any other food/shelter providing tree or shrub?
      > > - Anyone know of other species (preferably native to Europe) that can
      > > play the same role?
      > > - Source of seed for these species, and also for Coprosma, the other
      > > species mentioned in the interview?
      > >
      > > Many thanks,
      > >
      > > Robert
      > > www.lesspress.com
      > >
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