Plant A Perennial Food Forest In Your Backyard – Sowing Swamp Rose Seeds

heirloom fruit seedsDo you need to own huge tracts of land to grow a perennial food forest?

I’m harvesting wild native food plants and medicinal plant species and redistributing them closer to home the way the natives did it many moons ago. I have a huge food forest that runs miles and miles, all I need to do is reap the harvest when it comes in.

I don’t need to buy certified organic heirloom seeds, I just pick fruits, nuts, and berries from the wild and plant them in new areas. I don’t need specially prepared soil mixtures containing perlite and green sand, I just rough up the earth with a stick. I don’t need property or taxes. I don’t need fertilizer, pest repellent, and toxic bug spray, the birds and other forest life take care of that. All that is required is an understanding of the needs and requirements of these plants so they will have a better chance of propagating themselves.

Swamp rose, Rosa palustra, is a native plant to Michigan that prefers wet habitats with good sun exposure. Rose hips are full of vitamin C and other healthy ingredients, they make a great tasting tea or infusion, and benefit wildlife by providing food from autumn through late winter, when the animals need it most.

The wildlife will benefit, and they will also help spread the native seeds into new areas, as will the wind and streams. Rose hips are food for many creatures of the eastern woodlands.

If the plants don’t grow I’m out nothing. If the area becomes a parking lot or golf course I’m out nothing. My only effort was a fun, relaxing walk in the woods and taking in fresh air and sunshine.

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