Originally posted by thelibra
Implausible, and not recommended. You cannot reasonably "grow crops" in the middle of a forest due to the insane amount of hungry, clever critters
I find your response defeatist.
I have in fact grown crops in the woods and it is a lot easier than you would think.
Rule 1) No crop rows... cover your area (10 acres +) sporadically in little clusters. Draw a map.
Rule 2) Start your seeds elsewhere in a small greenhouse, move them when they are done with their vegetative cycle.
Rule 3) Dig a hole, line with newsprint to retain moisture, fill with woodland compost, peat, perlite, a small amount of lime. and a small amount of
high P-K low N; I prefer Jamaican bat guano and Kelp. Use buckets to tote your additives.
Rule 4) Trees fall, find a break in the cover... well off the beaten path. Set it and forget it till harvest. Best if canoe accessible only.
Rule 5) Avoid full sun dependent crops (corn, wheat, beans, etc.)
Onions, Garlic, Potatoes, carrots, radishes, and turnips are all excellent underground choices.
Blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, etc. are probably already somewhere on the state land... just add some high PK organic fertilizer to the base
and come back in the appropriate month. I came home with a bucket full of blueberries last I was on state land.
Morrels, Bollettes, Chantarelles, and chicken mushroom are all very easily recognizable woodland mushrooms. Research techniques to improve your
harvest for each type.
I find vacant lots, and abandoned commercial buildings make excellent places to plant your full sun crops.
It is illegal to cut trees down in a state forest. Nobody is going to stop you from planting an apple tree. Be shameless. Put your hands up and
play crazy if you encounter trouble.
the deer told me to do it,