Just wondering if anyone plants any type of cover crop along with wild sim ginseng i have planted some cohosh along the borders of my patches to help shade and hide my ginseng from deer since they dont normally eat it
Any seeds that I plant anymore are just random, here and there. I like to scratch out spots that border companion plants like cohosh and goldenseal. I also like to get beneath understory bushes and put down a few seed. It's my belief that a lot of the companion plants helps fight the diseases and also wicks away a lot of the moisture that ginseng definetly doesn't need.
If you don't deer hunt then mix some coyote urine with some dish soap and spray at the bases of trees every few weeks helps keep the deer away, other critters don't care they climb trees or live in holes
This isn't really companion planting, but observation...I know in my woods, I have noticed that previous hunters had planted apple trees for the deers typically near areas they wanted to hunt. Since much of the hunting in my area has stopped, we still have loads of deer, but they do seem to go after the old apple trees. Just a thought, you might want to use the old planting apple trees (and or salt lick) trick to draw them away from where you planted. Good luck and let us know what you tried and if anything worked!
I have Black Cohosh, and Goldenseal, in a couple of patches. Seperate patches..
that way, when people ask me what we are growing in those woods... I can tell them these two herbs, and omit the ginseng from the cnversation. And I don't have to lie to anybody. The \"woodland herbs\" covers a lot of ground.
We are thinking about innoculating some of the patches with hen-of-the-woods and other mushrooms as well.