food forest

What Should I Do?

Phil WIlliams

Wood Mulch VS. Living Mulch

Best choices for food forests or annual gardens
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:17 PM

Last season I planted perennials in my zone 1 annual garden in an effort to transition away from annual gardening. I'll always have an annual garden, but I am limiting the size, given the amount of energy required for their upkeep. I much prefer to mix in my annuals among my young food forestry.

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What Should I Do?

Phil Williams

Zone 1 & 2 Food Forestry Project

Building edible landscapes
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 11:09 PM

I’ve been planning a food forest project over the winter. My plan was to reduce the size of my annual garden, remove grass space, add diversity, and future habitat for ducks in the form of a zone 1 and 2 food forest. My plan was to have at least one nitrogen fixer per productive fruit tree, comfrey under fruit trees, and to use higher value and higher maintenance grafted fruit trees.

I feel that it is appropriate to have some grafted fruit trees in zone 1 & 2 because maintenance is easier close in, and management is more intensive in this space. When you move out to zone 3 & 4 I feel grafted fruit trees are not appropriate as maintenance should be less here. My zone 3 & 4 food forests contain native non-grafted species that do not require much maintenance but also produce lower quality fruit. There are three main areas that I designed. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Phil Williams

Additions to a Food Forest

Planting Red Mulberry Trees
Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:41 PM

Red mulberry trees are one of my favorite trees. They make fantastic additions to any permaculture garden or farm. I actually have two mature mulberry trees on my property, which is great, but I also planted half a dozen in my food forest. » Read more