Sucker born every minute


September 23, 2021

Alex Féthière

Osoberry (Oemlaria cerasiformis) has filled the gap left by evergreen huckleberry.

An obsession with air drainage led me to inadvertently create soil drainage.

A hillside was covered with evergreen huckleberry, and the shrubs had been struggling beneath a bigleaf maple canopy for years. Fallen huckleberry leaves had piled up beneath dead undergrowth and grown moldy.

I wanted to take advantage of the hillside's excellent drainage and thought little about sun exposure. Reasoning that moldy mats were an unhealthy circumstance for any kind of fruit tree I might plant, I thinned the evergreen huckleberry by 25%. I think my worst rookie mistake was pulling out the roots.


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