BOX ELDER SHADEŚWill ginseng grow and do well in a grove of box elder?
Ginseng will do pretty well in a grove of box elder, provided that the beds are not made too close to the trees and that the trees give shade enough, not less than three-quarter shade. Where the trees are eight feet apart in rows it would do very well to make a bed five feet wide in center between rows and where there are sixteen feet, two such beds with a path eighteen inches between would do. We have not tried box elder for a shade, but set out a garden for a lady in a soft maple grove and they have done splendid and we have used box elder leaves for a mulch and they are fine for that and there is but little difference in the growth of the two as far as shade would be concerned. Golden seal would also do very well where ginseng grows. The only objectionable feature of planting in such a grove would he the seed of the box elder falling on the beds and coming up and would have to be pulled, giving the extra work of pulling; on the other hand leaves would be handy for mulching so it would save work there.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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