A food forest takes many years to plant and to get established. We need to get things started, but we don’t yet have the time we need to focus on building up our food forest. However, if we could incorporate some of current projects into the forest garden or start planting a few basic trees, that would really get things going when we have more time.
Permaculture design was my inspiration for my food forest and pretty much our whole homestead. Permaculture is broken down into 12 principles that act as guides for designing your homestead and the food forest on your homestead or wherever else you may decide to grow one.
Rootstock from Crabapples– Grow hardy rootstock for grafting apple trees, for free!
Giant Hugel Beds– Can be built now and used for annual gardens. They will only get richer while they wait around for their future role in the food forest.
Chop and Drop Mulching– A practice used for soil building in food forests.
Yard Waste Upcyle- Turning yard waste into garden beds for fruit trees, among other things.
Splitting Chives to Deter Pests– Using beneficial plants to deter pesky critters helps keep your food forest healthy.
More projects are in the works, but this is a project that will be ongoing for many, many years. As I do related projects, I will post the links here.