January 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm #258300
anyone have a food forest/guild happening in their part of the world??
currently setting them up here,
I have apple trees, citrus, and stone fruit, I’m currently working on the apple trees at present, with planting garlic chives, yarrow, comfrey and globe artichokes,
when they are more established, (have only been in a couple of months, so stil very new) I’ll be planting spring bulbs as wellJanuary 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm #538291
What climate zone and what trees do you have ?January 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm #538292
we are a climate all our very own lol judi B will confirm lol – but the winters have changed since I came here though, not as fierce – which is kind of unfortunate really, I like definite seasons
apple, finger limes, stone fruit, am planting yarrow, comfrey, dill, globe artichokes and garlic chives around for the first round,
was just wondering if anyone wanted to share theirs, I like seeing others gardens and progress reports etc, – I don’t word things very well do I 🙂
in a couple of years when they are established, I’ll be planting spring bulbs as well
have edited my first post, hopefully a bit more articulate 🙂January 8, 2016 at 12:39 am #538293
Years ago there was some posts on “food forests” it might be worth seeing if they are still on ALS since the big “melt down”January 8, 2016 at 1:00 am #538294
oh of course thanks Ballamara, didn’t think of searching,
could tag on the end of that one if I find any
just transplanted some yarrow, confrey and garlic chives in one of mineJanuary 8, 2016 at 8:46 am #538295
Do you try and incorporate nitrogen fixers,dynamic accumulaters and insect attractors.January 8, 2016 at 8:48 am #538296
trying to, want a mix around them, living mulches and all that, but a good beneficial mixJanuary 8, 2016 at 9:11 am #538297
It gets so dry here i struggle maintaining moisture for nearly 6 month of the year.
I seasonally plant legumes soy, mung, cow peas and I get swathes of pinto peanuts coming up in areas
I have inter planted pigeon pea and have lots of acacias
I have lavender and rosemary and need to take more cuttings to spread those around the under stories
Thai basil grows very easily and the bees love it Im sure other insects do to.
Its supposed to be good as a fruit fly deterrent too (i think the perfume masks fruit smell ???)
I struggle with lemon grass and comfrey to dry but I have had luck with sorrel .
I have pineapples and dogs bane under my citrus mainly to deter brush turkey and provide mulch dogs bane is supposed to be a good companion for citrus and other fruit trees also an insect repellent.
So hopefully keeps the mossies and flies away too
When it gets to big whack it with the whipper snipper and leave it as mulch
I need to propagate more time and oregano and sage around the garden and have it self seed and take over
Allysum is a good insect attractor too I have that all through my veggy beds along with peanuts and sage thyme oregano and garlic chives.
January 8, 2016 at 9:33 am #538298
thanks for that about dogs bane, have heard of it, but will look into it further
got loads of comfrey here – also just planted heap of rosemary seed, so hope they take off,
got pidgeon pea in as wellJanuary 8, 2016 at 9:55 am #538299
callie Dogs Bane is frost tender so if you do try and grow it just before Winter take some cuttings and grow in a greenhouse or even indoors.January 8, 2016 at 10:02 am #538300
oohhh thanks – hadn’t googled
these are all going down that side fence, near little gate, so heaps of different herbs and things and perennial veg as well
might shift the midgen berry to there as wellJanuary 8, 2016 at 10:48 am #538301
Midgen is a good lower story plant you will get lots of little birds and great fruit if theres any left
I also have jicama rambling through and sweet potatoes
We also get native passionfruit and grapes around here,I just let them go
Theres billy goat weed I let that go too, dont let it spread every where, but dont try and control it heaps .
Its a very good insect repellent dangerous to grazing animals and an environmental weed in places (its probably to dry for it to go to mad here)
I have aloe here and there and birds eye chilis are a good sub story here
Birds love them, we had 2 wild peacocks clean the whole bush of about 3 big bushes
Bishops caps grow well as under story too,Im also planting out some chiltepins this year (they look beautiful and Im sure birds will eat them (me too)
I also have lab lab in places as ground cover I whack when it gets too big.
Paw paws self seed and are pretty hardy here too as part of the forest
Ive got the nest one ever in the raised garden beds I wish wasnt there but its staying until I can spread some seeds around at least.
I havent had much luck with pumpkins but have planted a few and let them go as ground cover to limited success (too dry)
I did ok with West Indian Gherkin, hopefully it will re-sprout again when the rains kick inJanuary 8, 2016 at 10:50 am #538302
West Indian Gherkin, and cow peas and nastusiums are good for nematodesJanuary 8, 2016 at 10:59 am #538303
got loads of aloe vera, got sweet potato vine appeared near the apple trees,so I’ll let that one ramble around the place, will get another couple of globe artichokes, to put in the circle,
had pumpkins last year but that’s where the snake was lol – haven’t planted any this year,
there will be flowers going in as well, just haven’t got that far yetJanuary 8, 2016 at 11:15 am #538304
I look after the neighbours and he covers everything in pumpkins it looks like snake city to me I just dont go through it unless im desperate for something.
Ive had a few nasty snakes here so try and keep the rambling a little contained a bit back from the paths.
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