Island hidey gardens
- June 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm #45391John LordParticipant
Most people overlook their most important areas for having hidey hole gardens, orchards, vineyards, ….
Locate you local area for river, pond, and lake (treed and brush) islands.
Plant fruit/nut trees, grape/berry vines up into the trees (like vertical gardening with wild grapes). Able to plant away from rats/mice and other 2-legged and animal critters, growing such root tuber vegs (carrots, salsify, parsnip, beet, turnip, rutabaga, jicama, sunchoke, sugar beet mangels. Raise and allow the vegs to grow, go to seed (volunteer seeding) and raise some for greens (beets, turnips). Other good vegs are cabbage, collards, kale, tree kale, tree collards. The island has its own water level and irrigation – allowing hands-off gardening. Pumpkins, squash, zucchini, gourds, (and water hog melons) can be adequately hidden in the natural island vegetation. If anything, also grow raspberry and especially blackberry (invasive and large thorny) himalayan as a thorny hedge fence. Thorny seaberry plants (vit C, jams, jellies) also have hedge protection and bright colored berries divert attention to other inner hidey garden schemes. Also could plant buckwheat, sugar sorghum, milo, millet, sugar cane, for grains and sugar production. Could even hide a honeybee hive in the island for pollenation. Also consider putting up a mason bee house (greater pollenators than honeybees – wanting majority of the nectar vs pollen – bee bread). Then you have great pollenation and honey options. If you plant birches, sugar maples, even walnuts and hickory trees – in adult age these can be tapped for tree sugar sap. Having all this away from skunks, possums, ducks, geese, rats, mice, bugs, swimming deer/elk/caribou to the island, you have a food (re)source when all land-gardens et al have been spoiled and raided.
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