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Columbia Basin Permaculture
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1986 E Harder Rd, Ritzville, WA, US
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Project: Columbia Basin Permaculture

Posted by sheila grace over 8 years ago

We are creating an oasis in the middle of a biological wasteland. Surrounded by dry wheat monoculture - here is our tree & shrub inventory - the beginnings of a small forest.

Welcome to the CBP property plant database. From this view it looks a bit sparse. No worries, we like a good challenge; like to think of it as Eden in Hell: Permaculture in a Dry Climate.

There is no doubt in our minds that the #1 effort is to establish trees. The role they play is critical; shade, wind break, nitrogen fixing, bird habitat, mulch, food, fuel, medicine, micro climates and more. We purchase saplings from Nurseries, gather seeds from locally acclimated trees, take cuttings from wild trees, take cuttings from our new trees & encourage volunteers.

Trees & Shrubs

Trees already occurring on the property before 2007

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)   16
Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) 03
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) 01
Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra) 03
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra) 08
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) 02
Apple (Malus sp) 04
Apricot (Prunus sp) 03
Almond  (Prunus sp) 02
Cherry  (Prunus sp) 02

Total         44

That’s it, pretty sparse and most of the trees were dying from neglect and lack of watering. The property sat empty for some time prior to purchasing it. Degraded soil, no mulch, no wind protection and no over or under story support species for the orchard.

Trees & Shrubs 2012 – 2014

This list includes new volunteers, transplants found in other locations and brought to CBP, earlier planting by Will Kearns (that established with no irrigation), seeds dispersed (Kyle Chamberlain 2009) and nursery stock. In 2013 CBP applied for and won the Espoma Award through the National Gardening Association and received $2000 towards nursery stock to begin selection of  climate appropriate (Bsk) trees & shrubs to increase plantings. The following list includes 26 Genus groups.

Apricot (Prunus sp)  9
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)   5                                                
Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)  23
Black Locust (Robinia psuedoacacia)  13
Buffalo Berry (Sheperdia argenteus)  6
Box Elder (Acer negundo)  8
Choke Cherries (Prunus virginiana)  14
Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana) 2
Coyote Willow (Salix exigua)  7
Currents (Ribes sp)  26
Dogwood (Cornus mas)  4
Drummond Willow (Salix drummondiana)  1
Elderberry (Sambucus sp)  7
Goji Bery (Lycium barbarum)  4 
Goumi Berry (Eleagnus sp)  6
Hell’s Canyon Plum (Prunus americana)  11
Hybrid Willow (Salix sp)  9
Hybrid Poplars (Populus idahoensis)  10
Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)  5
Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris)  2
Maple (Acer platenoides)  1
Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)  5
Mountain Mohagony (Cercocarpus ledifolius)  4
Mulberry (Morus sp)  2
Nectarine (Prunus sp)  1
Oak (Quercus sp)  1
Pacific Willow (Salix lucida)  3
Peach (Prunus sp)  3
Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)  10
Plum Dawn’s (Prunus sp)  3
Plum Italian (Prunus sp) 1
Plum (unknown lower raised beds)  1
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)  8
Rose  (Rosa sp)  30
Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)  4
Seaberry (Hippophae sp)  7
Siberian Elm (Ulmas pumila)  21
Siberian Pea Shrub (Caragana arborescens)  13
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)  4
Snowbrush (Ceanothus velutinus)  2
Yellow Horn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium) 4

Total                       312 

In total, 18 Families are represented;



Wind & Water

There is no escaping the wind. The combination of wind and intense sun greatly increases evaporation over precipitation we receive during the summer months. Overuse of water resources (and that resource is becoming increasingly limited) to compensate for this situation is not an option.

Trees & Shrubs as of 2016

Added 109

Total 501

New Family Total: 21

See: http://columbiabasinpermaculture.com/?page_id=5198


Beloved trees

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