I'm planting out about 3/4 acre using the forest garden ideas, also creating glades to grow grains and annual veg in more conventional beds.
I coarsley planned the field when doing my Permaculture Design Cert and have areas that are of different types sandy/loamy, grass sward/mulched/compost mulch, open meadow/ denser woodland, acidic/neutralish. This way I can add a plant to its best location as I learn about them.
Please can you give me a feel of what a juniper tree likes,
What climbers can you recommend and is the drip line the best location?
How do you support rubus like logans? I have left a patch to its own devises to see if it creates a bramble like thicket but the stems are much longer and softer
I have no root crops incorporated yet - (except jerusalem artichokes!) but would like to - any suggestions or comments on the practicality?
Would it be foolish to loose two earthnut peas to the wilderness of my forest garden, shall I keep them in pots/ higher zoned conventional growing areas as they seem very frail and fine and i've read that slugs like them.
Thanks very much,
I look forward to hearing about your gardens.
Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
posted 5 years ago
Around here, junipers tend to grow in dry alkaline soil with a high clay/silt content. They grow in the drylands, so I presume that means they don't compete well with deciduous trees that thrive in somewhat moister areas.
I allow Logans to sprawl... I run the tiller/mower through the thicket to make walkways. I take starts out of the walkways. I walk through the garden and trample the walkways. If I get around to it, I take the loppers out and cut them off at about the point where they start bending over. At a nice height for picking.
Grapes, squash, and cucumbers are my climbing plants...
I love growing sunroots in a perennial bed. The size and quality of the tubers suffers if they are not dug...