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Nick Rountree replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Hi John, I'd suggest multi-function plants and trees that both fix nitrogen and provide a yield. For example for both nitrogen fixation and food (depending on your local climate) you could try Inga Bean, perennial runner beans, pigeon pea,…"
Sep 9, 2015
Earl Mardle replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Count another vote for tagasaste. As well as the above, it flowers in August so we have bee fodder from then until the Houhere finishes flowering in May. Throw in plenty of calendula and you have almost year-round flowers, the cows love it too. They…"
Sep 8, 2015
Earl Mardle replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Like you Nicholas, I also worked on the basis that coprosma is an N fixer but that idea turns out to have come from a single paper that was looking at some other properties and mentioned in passing that the axils bore a resemblance to those on…"
Sep 8, 2015
Jo Duff replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Hi there I made a handout a few years ago for our permaculture courses which i'm currently updating but i'll attach then. Whether or not things are invasive depends where you are but i guess you're thinking of things like gorse.…"
Oct 21, 2013
Nicholas Mayne replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"The Coprosma family are also nitrogen fixers. They have little hollows in the axils of the veins that contain nitrogen fixing bacteria."
Mar 19, 2012
Tim replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Hi John,  I've documented my own research on Tree Lucerne, or Tagasaste as it is often called, online at http://piginthemud.com/content/tagasaste  While it's not a NZ native it's often referred to as a friendly exotic…"
Mar 15, 2012
Cameron Smith replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Hi all,   we have had good results form native broom. We planted them when we first did the garden, amongst other natives. Now we have cut most of them down and planted fruit trees next to the spaces vacated by the broom. Now…"
Dec 10, 2011
Christy Ralphs replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"as far as natives go i've also got  coprosma as one to 'chop and drop', i think someone recommended it to me originally - the 'robusta' type, as it grows easily from cuttings, and doesn't seem to mind being chopped…"
Dec 10, 2011
Robyn Guyton replied to John Park's discussion Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants in the group Food Forests NZ
"Hi John   great to hear about your land  Think it a great idea to make a list of nitrogen fixers for NZ-  Once we have all our ideas in I will make it into a download-able fact sheet attached to this site, Of the top of my…"
Nov 22, 2011
John Park commented on Robyn Guyton's group Food Forests NZ
"Thanks  Kali,  we're currently on the lookout for bees to populate the 2 x topbar hives I've built,  so Tutu will have to join wattle on my  nice to but won't list. A wonderful offer  of seeds,  thank you…"
Nov 21, 2011
John Park added a discussion to the group Food Forests NZ
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Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants

Hi all, Having been exposed to  the world of food forests ( friend has a Geoff Lawton dvd).   I  had a "light bulb" moment  and down this merry path my feet carry me. Our  land  was stripped of  natives (mostly puriri)  and has been in pasture for near 70 years. Reforestation  and creating  sustainable food gardens/orchards is the order of the day. Sheet mulching  & planting N fixing + fast growing bio mass trees is  where I'm  starting. I already have  a number of  fruit & canopy …See More
Nov 21, 2011
Kali left a comment for John Park
"sorry the first  message you got was spam John! welcome to Ooooby, food forests are a becoming a nice obsession to me too, establishing our version here in Greymouth, hope you find inspiration here, its a wonderful site."
Nov 21, 2011
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Nov 20, 2011
John Park commented on Robyn Guyton's group Food Forests NZ
"Food forests! my new obsession,  I'm so  excited  I  tend to be a rush in guy and want to plant, plant, plant!  I have to get into the long term picture,  already  dry here in Tutukaka (northland) & …"
Nov 20, 2011
John Park joined Robyn Guyton's group
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Food Forests NZ

Food forests and forest gardens are promoted through permaculture . This forum is for those who are growing or would like to grow one in their property.See More
Nov 20, 2011
John Park is now a member of Ooooby
Sep 15, 2011

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Tutukaka
Post / Zip Code
0153
I am a...
Home Farmer
I can offer
Nothing yet.
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
Experience and Qualifications
Permaculture Experience, Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Learning
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Growing lots of different veges, herbs, fruits and nuts and always looking for more information to grow more, more sustainably. Currently looking to establish a food forest and move away from the style traditional orchard and the associated single level production that I have now with nil soil benefits.

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At 1:23am on November 21, 2011, Kali said…

sorry the first  message you got was spam John! welcome to Ooooby, food forests are a becoming a nice obsession to me too, establishing our version here in Greymouth, hope you find inspiration here, its a wonderful site.

 
 
 

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