For 10 years I grew ‘conventional’ annuals for a box scheme but now, after studying the garden for my Permaculture Design Certificate, I am developing Corner Plot field using the forest garden idea.
The field is about 3/4 acre and has various shrubs and trees already planted, for example; 10yr old walnuts, cherries , apples, pears, hazels and basketry willows; young eucalyptus, juneberry, persimmon, peach, gage, plums and mulberry; and seedling alders, chestnuts, juniper and saskatoon.
The ground has been built up with sand and gravel waste giving a top soil depth of about 8″ so my gardening methods have developed with the main aim of making more soil and preserving moisture; trees, mulch, chop & drop, more mulch and comfrey.
I produce enough food for my family and plenty to give away whilst improving the soil and adding plant and wildlife diversity to what was waste ground used only by dog walkers.
If you are interested in forest gardens, plant & knowledge swaps, I’d love to hear from you.
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Where are you based? Your photos look exciting.
I’m on the north side of Leicester.
(Apologies, still learning about this wordpress and its changed a lot since I first had a go! You have inspired me to try again 🙂
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I used to be in Solihull so not so far away from you, but clay soil not sand. We moved up to Skye about ten years ago. It took me a little while to get the hang of WP (just look at my first post!) and many people have far more complicated sites – mine is mainly a linear diary about what I’m getting up to in the garden and tree field, do whatever is right for you. I have enjoyed ‘meeting’ people and sharing stories (and plants) all over the world. I don’t keep a garden diary, just a scrappy notebook where I write rubbish and lots of plans. I don’t call my land a forest garden, but I’m working towards that perhaps. Still trying to achieve shelter at the moment and dreaming and researching and propagating….