Thanks for sharing this project and pictures! I have been struggling with plum plus curculios in my cherry and plum trees and wondering about companion plantings to ward them off. Given your success growing garlic by the cherry, I think I will see if thg his might work.
Did you have any problems disturbing the tree roots when planting? That would be my main concern when transplanting things. Less issue with seeds.
James Landreth wrote:I've been doing the same around my old trees. It makes sense to garden/start a guild there, because then you're constantly putting more fertility resources and water down. I put cardboard, woodchips, and compost down in a ring around my old apple trees and left a spot for a beehive and a spot for meditating.
Under one tree I have rhubarb, a silverberry shrub (for nitrogen, fruit, and pollinators), a black currant, mint, lemon balm, strawberries, and annuals. It's a great way to grow shade tolerant things too (my property has almost no shade)
Daron Williams wrote:That guild looks great! When my wife and I bought our place it came with an old cherry tree that hadn't been taken care of and was surrounded by grass. There was an old planting bed next to it with some old roses and some bulbs but it was taken over by grass. Over the last 4 years I've done a lot to improve this area. The grass is all gone for one. But I also integrated the cherry tree into a hugelkultur hedgerow that runs by the cherry (about 3 feet out from the trunk of the cherry). My goal has been to transform this area into a mini-forest. Lots of native plants including 5 young evergreen huckleberries. But lots of other plants including some native veggies and some non-native plants.
The cherry seems so much happier now. It produces tons of cherries and has been putting on a lot of growth. And my family and I just love hanging out in this area.
I'm still adding some additional plants to this area. Really focusing on adding more native vegetables and native groundcovers. But the area is doing great and the cherry tree is very happy now.
Here are a couple pictures. One is looking northeast with a couple branches of the cherry tree off on the left side of the photo--this one was taken right when I first started improving this area. The other photo was taken last summer looking southeast from the north side of the cherry tree which you can see on the right side of the picture.
Daron Williams wrote:So far all my evergreen huckleberries have survived without any issues. All the ones I got were fairly small to start with. 4 inch pots give or take. They transplant the best when small. I did transplant some 1 gal potted ones too though without issue but they weren't root bound and top growth was fairly small. They're also forest plants so make sure to give them a lot of wood chips or other mulch. I also tend to put some old logs near them when I can.