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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Is Hippophae ramnoides L. - Seabuckthorn Invasive?

Hippophae Rhamoides L. - Seabuckthorn / Seaberry is not invasive.  I have recently engaged in a lively discussion and consulted with some of the most respected researchers (via email) in Canada and on and on.  The answer is no, it is not invasive. I have done the research and much of it can be found here -  This may generate some comments and discussion.  That would be great.

Winter is a great time to plan and not a good a time to actually work in the garden.  In Maine, the cabin and new six acre field is enveloped in snow and only accessible by snowmobile, snowshoe, or cross country skis.  So, for me, I wait and plan.  Mid May usually is the end of mud season.

Thirteen years ago I purchased 45 acres and a year later began the construction of a log cabin.  The weather-tight shell was completed in 9 weeks and then took 3 years to complete. Since that time, I have concentrated on forest health and access by thinning the existing trees and cutting access paths (atv size) to make working in all areas easier including the river and brook.

Sea berry (Hippophae rhamnoides) sparked an interest about 5 years ago as I searched for interesting and extremely cold hardy plants with agricultural potential.  At the time there was almost no information available on the internet.  Today isn't much different.  Yes there is more, but it seems there is little to coalesce and a lot of conflicting information.  Having said that, the plant has been cultivated in the United States and Canada for nearly  a hundred years have.  In other parts of the word, it has a far more extensive history.

As I move forward at the farm in Maine with this multi-year eclectic project, a permaculture theology, of sorts, will be a source of inspiration and guidance.
This is just the beginning of the plan.

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