I have been wanting to start a food forest. You can't call what I have a food forest yet. I have an area with a 2 year apple tree on the east side a mature apricot/plum. Then a second mature apricot. On the north side is the back of the garage. The ground is covered with wood chips for a couple years now. Last year I planted lots of annual veggies. Now I'm trying to add perennial veggies. I planted artichoke on the west side of the apricot because it needs full sun.
I ordered a okinawa spinach in the mail. Its ready for planting, it's supposed to like shade, so I planted it under the apricot/plum. It's just a baby, and I need to add more wood chips. To protect it I used 3 pieces of old rotty fire wood in a triangle shape around the plant. I've done this before and it works great. The new plant doesn't get stepped on, the chickens can't dig it up, I don't forget where it is. After I planted it I water of course. My son walks by, and starts singing a silly song about mom watering logs.
I have a log I thought looked cool, and it sits in front of my greenhouse. Later I'm in my greenhouse, and he pops his head in and tells me I forgot to water this log. Cracked me up. Crazy mom waters logs. Nothing better than gardening and having fun with my son.
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” — Abraham Lincoln