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I work for a school district in Virginia and have a very avid groundskeeper that is always asking for plant donations. The plants he asks for must meet certain conditions: Perennials, must have attractive foliage or must have flowers. So, I found these lovely trees and shrubs that meet his requirements.

Starting last year, I donated 8 Hazelnuts, 2 Manchurrian apricots, 8 saskatoon serviceberry trees, 4 sugar sweet cherry trees (Prunus tomentosa 'Nanking'), and 8 dwarf flowering sand cherries (Prunus besseyi). Most are saplings at this time, and all have awesome changing foliage and stunning flowers, but the fruit and nuts it will provide in a few years are an extra bonus.

They are planted in a courtyard outside the school cafeteria and I make sure they are mulched and watered.
 
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Now that is indeed guerrilla food foresting. Great for the students too, just go grab a snack when things are ripe.
 
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A hazelnut in the forefront followed by several serviceberries, sugar sweet cherries and more hazelnuts.
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Last guerrila planting before the cold hits. Manchurrian apricots, saskatoons, sand cherries, and hazelnuts.
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Manchurrian apricots, saskatoons and hazelnuts
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Update: one of the sugar sweet cherries (Nanking) decided to bloom! A Precocious little seedling that's benefiting from a brick wall's solar gain effects.
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I hope my plants don't leave out/bloom in zone 6b until next this time.
 
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Update: Nanking cherry is branching out. Saskatoons and more hazelnuts in the background. This Hazelnut is growing and a few nuts might be produced. Had some losses due to kids playing and trampling seedlings.
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Here is an update on the food forest at it third year. We had some loses but also surprises.
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Guerrilla Food Forest update
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Three year old hazelnuts. No inputs other than mulch.
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What a difference a day makes.

My precocious Nanking Cherries got hit by snow and low temps.


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Thank you for fixing the pics. I tried several ways to no avail.  JD
 
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Looks like the Hazelnuts will have a bountiful harvest this fall.
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Thanks for continuing to update this.  I'm really enjoying it.
 
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Update, the june berries have bloomed after 3 years of neglected growth. Nothing but mulch.
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Summer update: We had our first nankin cherries and juneberries, not  many, but they were delicious! (I forgot to take pictures). Our hazelnuts are heavy with nuts.

I created a Google photo album with pictures from the guerrilla food forest. I will continue to post pictures to document its evolution.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wfDrEXixd8gGWZTe6
 
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I am having such a hard time trying to upload pictures to the forum that I created a website to upload the pictures.  Please let me know it this is working or not.

JD


The Guerrilla Food Forest
 
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Juneberries, 2018 is the first year they bloomed and produced. They were planted in 2015.
 
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Yes, the website is working. Can you add pages to it (ie what is its functionality)?

Lovely to see the trees’ development. I’m hoping to put in some hazels this winter and hope they will be as productive as yours seem to be.
 
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Helen Butt wrote:Yes, the website is working. Can you add pages to it (ie what is its functionality)?

Lovely to see the trees’ development. I’m hoping to put in some hazels this winter and hope they will be as productive as yours seem to be.



Thank you! Good to know. I created it thinking it would be easier to post pictures here.  Yes,  pages can be added so perhaps i might be able to dabble and expand the site as the food forest evolves.
JD
 
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