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Hi, few days ago i went to a workshop on edible forest gardens. The teacher recommended to create a wind break with plants for protecting the plants in the forest.
But i was wondering, are there any cases where wind can be good for the forest garden?
Is it recoomendable for any plants or for the forest garden( as a whole ) to create spaces without wind break ( with wind)?


I been reading the book edible forest gardens 2 and in the book they recommend to create diversity of spaces... so, do you think creating a space with a lot of wind can be useful for something? for what?


any ideas?
 
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  • wind energy
  • evaporative cooling

  • but nothing food forest specific comes to mind.
     
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    Sometimes a thick windbreak will slow cold air movement and create a frost pocket.
     
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    In what climate?

    I think that some species grow stronger root systems and trunks/stems if they have a little wind.

    Maybe if you have an overly wet boggy area you want to dry out.

    Those are stretches, but all I can think of.
     
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    Im in tropical arid climate, im in a valley in Peru where there is sun all the year, but theres also a little wind in the days and in the nights in winter there is more wind ( but not that much).

    Here never rains but we have a lot of water from the river.


    Ive read that using wind breaks increase the production of the forest garden.


    So based in your experience , do you think its good ( in my specific case) to cover all the land with wind breaks? or should I leave spaces with winds?


    Or maybe theres not gonna be too much difference because of my climate?

    what do you recommend me?





     
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    In some climates wind can be good for preventing excessive powdery mildew.


    I would probably set up areas where wind was completely blocked and then leave some open.
     
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    here in wonderful western Pennsylvania
    it has been raining all of June
    most storms come with little wind
    so the rain, lack of sunlight, lack of wind, and humidity
    are a good recipe for mold, mildew, slugs and insects

    so the strategy here is to:

    no windbreaks to allow for air movement
    thin out lower limbs
    plant at wider spacings
    keep ground cover in check (chop and drop) as it grows quickly
    forgo canopy trees to allow more sunlight (clouds are the canopy here)

     
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    Ronaldo Montoya wrote:Im in tropical arid climate, im in a valley in Peru where there is sun all the year, but theres also a little wind in the days and in the nights in winter there is more wind ( but not that much).

    Here never rains but we have a lot of water from the river.


    Ive read that using wind breaks increase the production of the forest garden.


    So based in your experience , do you think its good ( in my specific case) to cover all the land with wind breaks? or should I leave spaces with winds?


    Or maybe theres not gonna be too much difference because of my climate?

    what do you recommend me?



    Each situation is different but in your case, it would seem to me, that you would want to reduce the wind moving over your property so as to reduce the evaporation of water.

    Less wind=less evaporation=less irrigation.
     
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