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Hi,
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.
 
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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.

Juniper Habitat:



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...

Sunroots:

 
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thanks,wow interesting place. I'm lowland suburbn soggy UK!
 
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