Sunday, February 03, 2013

Practical Plants

Here is a nifty permaculture wiki that I just found.  You can browse by the location where you want the plant, or by use.  Some of the uses listed include medicinal, edible, basketry, windbreaks, containers, wax, string, and soap.  I planted some willows last year (or maybe the year before? I don't recall...) specifically for future use in weaving baskets and garden edging.  Most people know of using thorny shrubs to discourage intruders (for example, around first-floor windows for home security) or hedges to contain livestock (much more common in Europe, actually, but still).  But there are some uses here that many people might not typically think of.  Practical Plants

DIY Home Fodder System

DIY Home Fodder System - from threemealsfarm.

There are also some interesting books on the subject, such as Homesteading 101: The Fodder Method and Fast and Easy DIY Fodder System.

Interesting idea for growing your own fodder.  They use it to feed chickens and goats. I'm thinking it could also be used for horses, although I don't know how much you'd have to grow to make a dent in the horses' diet.