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Yurt circle

Carrying yurt pieces

The yurt came the rest of the way down on Sunday.  (I figured if I used the passive voice, our memory of the event would involve less lugging of waterlogged wood through the trees.)

Bare spot in forest

All that was left behind was a bare circle on the forest floor.  Too bad I'm unlikely to walk by there with anyone who hasn't heard of the yurt --- it would make a fun, crop circle, April Fool's joke.

Curled up salamander

I'm wracking my brain for something useful to do with that bare patch of earth, but I think it will just be an experiment in how fast the forest reclaims ground.  I feel like the spot is too shady and too deer-prone to plant anything edible, but if you've got a bright idea, now's the time to throw it out there!

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Your observations would be a good follow-up to The Forest Unseen,by David Haskell...also a sort of natural "return to the land". Not sure if you should do a soil test, first...
Comment by adrianne Mon Jan 14 08:48:21 2013

Hi Anna,

What a nice place to grow a mix of plants to see which plants that grow give us things we can eat. One of the seed ball ideas was to put in a mix of various seeds and see what grows by itself.

I have been wondering the same thing as I travel around NH. Can I just plant something(s) and come back later and harvest it? Maybe planted as a seed or poop ball?

I read lots of people who are long on ideas but don't have any success stories?

From what I read, some folks are planting various things on public land and coming back later to harvest. Why not food plants?

Maybe it would make sense to plant seedlings. But I think seeds would be easier.

Great question.


Comment by john Mon Jan 14 09:18:50 2013
Would a pawpaw work well in that shady spot? Currants also seem to like shade ...
Comment by Dan Mon Jan 14 09:19:09 2013
Check into ginseng. It grows naturally in hardwood forests.
Comment by Cliff Mon Jan 14 19:58:03 2013

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