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Guild design for the tropics

 
Hema Jain
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Hi there!

I am interested in some information on guild designs for South India (10 deg. N). Please reply if you know of any resources that would help me.

Thanks!
Hema
 
Paul Cereghino
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I'm not sure how many tropicals we have around here... also the PRI site (the Permies competition.seems to have lots of sub-tropical and tropical gardeners...
http://forums.permaculture.org.au/forumdisplay.php?9-Planting-growing-nurturing-Plants

Also the question is pretty general... you might have to provide more information about your climate and target species
 
Hema Jain
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Hello Paul!

Thanks for your reply. The tropical trees I have in mind are mango, papaya, jack fruit, banana, coconut, neem. The climate of the place I have in mind, in south India, is hot and humid. I have read that this place used to be the home of a rain forest 300 years ago; now it is either barren land or concrete jungle My husband and I plan to work in this area on a reforestation project.

Hema
 
Jonathan 'yukkuri' Kame
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Nice list of trees.  I would suggest some citrus, avocado and moringa oleifera as well. 

Two of my favorite tropical climbing vines are malabar spinach and asian winged bean. 

Pigeon pea would be a good choice for nitrogen fixing perennial, especially as the forest is getting established. 

Ginger and turmeric are natural understory plants.  Pineapple, too. 


 
Hema Jain
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Thanks Yukkuri!
Your additions to my list are quite valuable. I didn't know that Malabar Spinach was a vine; I remember growing it in our backyard as a small plant.

Hema
 
Paul Cereghino
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I've seen much talk about sweet potato for tubers and shoots as a groundcover.  I'd love to spend some time in the tropics.  Good luck! 
 
Hema Jain
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Paul,
Thanks for your reply. What kind of shoots dis you have in mind? And yes, I have heard about Sweet Potatoes planted in a Banana Circle.

Hema
 
Vince Corning
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Hema,

I'm in the Philippines at 10.5 degrees north latitude. I'm just got started over the last year and a half. I've got about 4.5 hectares mostly on the mountain side between 300 meters and 750 meters. Currently I have Coconut, Avocado, Mango, Jack Fruit, Mahagoney, Banana, Corn, Sweet Potato (various local roots), Goats, Pigs, Native Chickens, and one water buffalo. I had a horse but it fell down the mountainside and died (It's steep).

Recently I've planted: Coffee, Pineapple, Citrus (Lime, Lemon (African, American), Calimansi, Lemoncito, Giant Lemoncito, Mandarian Orange), Santol, Cinnamon, Lazones, Rambotan, Durian, Jack Fruit, Pumelo, Apple Mango, Aloe Vera.

Soon I plan to plant: Bamboo, Cacao, Black Pepper, Vanilla orchids, Sugar Cane, Moringa, Pidgeon Pea, Dwarf Coconut, Tambis, and a few different hardwoods.

honey bees, Composting, and Vermaculture are on the wishlist.

I'm new to farming and to Permaculture but am hopeful that I can eventually create a self sustaining food forest with surplus. I'm trying to learn how to create beneficial tropical guilds. I am a beginner.

- Vince

 
jayadi paembonan
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Hi Hema,
did you find any progress?...
i'm curently doing some volunteer in south india to established permaculture site on community organic agriculture
i would like to share with you with my knowledge about guild design for tropic climate
i'm in rural india close to Martalli untill 1 of may and will going back to Australia.

Jayadi
 
Alex Cortez
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Jayadi : If you are still on the site it would be great to hear your ideas about tropical fruit guilds . Thank you.
 
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