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I took these in my newly forming food forest.  It has many apple, apricot, cherry, persimmon trees, one lone pear tree, one possibly dead paw paw, lots of berries of various types, herbs, lots of chives and onions, nitrogen fixers, TONS of comfrey, and I'm sure many more things I am forgetting.

One picture is an apple tree guild.  That one has comfrey (I know, that's about all you can see in one picture), chives, mint, onions, false indigo, dandelion, burdock, other various native plants.  The tree was badly "pruned" by deer this winter, but is recovering.  Another picture is inside the guild.  The comfrey is over 4 feet.

The other picture is a persimmon tree guild.  The persimmon is the twig in the middle with the tag on it :)  It's coming in now, but it seems persimmon is one of the last trees here to leaf out.  Also in the guild is comfrey (of course), hosta, burdock, mint, chives and garlic chives, onions, sage, milkweed, clover, salvia, cone flower, some others that I'm not remembering currently.

Nothing ground breaking here, just wanted to share some pictures of guilds in progress.

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Apple tree guild
Apple tree guild
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An inside look
An inside look
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Persimmon guild
Persimmon guild
 
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I added a picture of a new guild that I started a few weeks ago, in case anyone is interested in one way to start a guild.  I had an area that I killed off my smothering it with a tarp.  I planted a peach tree on one edge, planted white clover from seed first, and then added a couple mint plants and some onions.  You can't see it in the picture, but there are a few seed balls in there as well.  I have little hope for them.  Seed balls have not worked well for me.  Obviously this is a very new planting and many, many more things will need to go in.  This area partially connects to the two guilds in the previous pictures.  There are many ways to create a food forest, but this is the way I do it.  I kind of just create a series of guilds, and continue to fill in until all the areas are covered.  I don't really plan them out too much.  I just make a guild wherever I think I would like one, and then another somewhere else, and another, and so on, and then I connect them with cover crops, bushes, another tree guild if one will fit, until the area is the way I like it.  I'm sure there are better ways, and some people put a lot of time into planning them out, but my mentality is better suited to just jumping around and doing things a little more chaotically.  
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