Hello there, my first post so im sorry if its in the wrng section...
We are still knew to the ideas of permaculture and are in the planning stages of our garden...
We have a 2 acre piece of land in the limousin region of france.
At the moment is is grass and weeds. Now the soil has not been used for anything for a very long time and is actually good soil under the grass...
We want to start a food forest and we dont know whats the best way to start???
should we dig the grass up? Should we plant fruittrees first and mulch around them? Or cover with plastic to kill the grass first then plant useful plants along with fruit trees?
Any comment we would find helpful.
Thank you for your time i know it is precious.
Can you combine hugelkulture beds into swales? Or am i just being silly? We have an idea to make a few ponds intergrated pumped up to the highest point then gravity fed to the lowest... Does this sound doable? Thanks for replying again
Luke Prior wrote:Can you combine hugelkulture beds into swales? Or am i just being silly?
You're not the first person to think of it. I think it would work best if your swales were more like infiltration ponds and formed on contour.
Luke Prior wrote:
We have an idea to make a few ponds intergrated pumped up to the highest point then gravity fed to the lowest... Does this sound doable? Thanks for replying again
I've heard of similar things being done. I think it's more complicated than a purely rain-charged gravity system, but that's just my opinion. If you have good water retention then irrigation may not be necessary. And lol, I'm bored and it's just early or late for most people on the forum.
if the area has been grass for a long time you might want to go to some place where there is woods and get a couple bucket loads of some forest soil and stick that in the ground around the trees when you plant them..as your grasslands will be mostly bacterial micro organisms..rather than fungal..and you really need fungal to support your tree roots..this will give them a much much better start.
Bloom where you are planted.
Wood chips! We love wood chips. You can see photos at my sons's Facebook page. See link below. We use wood chips for all sorts of projects. To get rid of grass and weeds, just layer cardboard and newspaper and top it off with wood chips.