Daron Williams wrote:...
The 4 non-living layers covered in this post are:
1. Standing dead woods (snags)
2. Large logs
3. Fallen branches and limbs
4. Large rocks
The different types of food forests covered in the previous post were:
1. Oak savanna
2. Recovering forest
3. Mature forest
For example the oak savanna type of food forest is going to have far less large woody debris and snags than a mature forest type of food forest.
But all types of food forests will have at least some elements from each of the 7 traditional layers and the 4 non-living layers.
It is just the amount from each layer that varies between the different types of food forests.
Sara Rosenberg wrote:I try to let the plants either make it or not after the first Year as I want what is sustainable.
The only trees that get babied are the microclimate citrus that I have rigged up heating protection for them during winter months below 40 degrees. See here:
Daron Williams wrote:
Also, big thank you to Diane for leaving a comment on the blog post too! Pie for you! 😊
Diane – I think a mixed type would work great. The areas with the big pines will likely support different plants than the areas where the pines were removed. The obvious difference will be light levels and I would try to take advantage of that to grow more sun loving plants in the open areas and shade tolerant ones under the pines.
You could also use the wood to build hugelkultur beds. Pine might not be ideal but it will still work and will breakdown overtime. You could also just use the wood as woody debris as I mentioned in the post.
But I think mixing the different types and creating a mosaic is a great idea!