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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

All of the currant family (red, black, gooseberry, lingonberry...) do reasonably well in shade. High and low bush cranberry do well in shade. If you have light shade, look at nut trees. It will be a ...
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

You are going to have a very difficult time growing much in the forest portion of your land. Yes, currants and gooseberries, black raspberries, and possibly sour cherries will tolerate the shade and ...
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Identify this plant in a woodlands setting?

That looks like a Fan Clubmoss. https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=lydi3
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Lawn options for wooded lot?

A shady mix lawn could be done. It will likely need maintenance/reseeding every year. A mix of low-growing native forest edge plants could be used. This could include some of the native prairie ...
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

No undergrowth forest plus creek makes me immediately think of allium ursinum (European variety) or allium tricoccum (US native). Both are happy to cover the forest floor in spring and disappear later ...
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

Nuts of course, and some floor plants, will be naturals, but so as not to repeat others' answers, I thought I'd point out the issues/other things I noticed about your idea, rather than listing plants. ...
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Lawn options for wooded lot?

I have a large amount of vinca minor, which I think would be a good choice for you. It's low-growing, reaching about an inch at maturity. It's also vine-like, with long trailing stems that cover the ...
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Connecticut woodland plant with sticky seeds and stems

I think what you have here is Hackelia virginiana Virginia Stickseed. Also called Beggar's Lice (plants with burs get all kinds of fun names). The clinging seeds as well as the way they carry them on ...
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What are traditional English flowers to plant on the edge of a wooded stream?

This isn't a full answer, but if you have some English old-growth woodland to look after, then Richard Fortey's The Wood for the Trees is a good read. Fortey was a trilobite expert at the Natural ...
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What small pines and deciduous trees are suitable for terrarium culture?

Firstly, you will need a large terrarium for even dwarf trees, and secondly, even dwarf trees will outgrow a large terrarium given enough time. If your family members are bonsai experts, this shouldn'...
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How often can I harvest coppiced black-locusts?

I used black locust for grape vinyard posts. Locust grows tall fast, but doesn't thicken very quickly. However it is a very sturdy tree and I think will coppice well. I think you'll get 4 or 5 year ...
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What is this small white spathed plant in southeast Pennsylvania woodland?

It is a Spathiphyllum wallisii Regel from Araceae. It is a South America native evergreen herbaceous plant. We were talking about this plant in one of our videos ... you can use it perfectly as an ...
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Surrey woodland - what is this plant?

Answering my own question: it would appear to be a common lime tree (tilia x europaea). The first clue was in one of the pictures: the stomp of a big tree can be seen in the background. It looked ...
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Will a forest trail that's not regularly used always become overgrown?

Well you're right, any disused track or trail would fairly rapidly disappear without relatively frequent use. If there were lots of Rhododendron ponticum either side of the trail, it might remain ...
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UK Woodland Survey / Advice on Habitat

You could try contacting the Forestry Commission to see what advice,if any, they have to offer regarding the management of your woodland. Otherwise, there are Surveyors who will survey it and manage ...
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Searching for ground water

I would consider this a "general" landscaping question. If your stream has water in it year round, then you will encounter water below. With a stream, you should be aware that you may also have ...
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How often can I harvest coppiced black-locusts?

You'll find that if you stack it in the barn to dry for a year before using it as a fence post you won't easily use it as a fence post. Or be able to easily cut it. It'll be so hard that you won't ...
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