Hi all, I've recently acquired my own land
, and suddenly, I find myself needing to recall all of the random bits of permaculture
information that I've read over the past 15 years (not nearly enough
, of course).
Here's my setup: 4 acre
lot, facing east, Northeastern Ohio (zone 5, temperate). House sits back from the road about 250 ft. amid some old fashion hosta/daffodil/lilac beds and juniper trees
. The whole front 3/4 acre is dominated by a single old silver maple, a bradford pear and a series of 5 year old swamp oaks along the road (the tallest is maybe 10 feet). There is lots of room for some beds; both dappled shade and full sun. I would love some interplantings focused on some edible fruit
and nut trees (gardens will be in back of the house), but I'm having trouble finding info about what sorts of plants I can use that can handle low light. Most of the fruit trees that I read about in catalogs, it is assumed that they will be grown in a full day sunlight orchard-type setting. However, when I look at permaculture
designs, I often see fruit trees (dwarf) growing as understory trees.
I also have a southern border (Northern shade - along the entire property) that is full sized trees (maples and oaks mostly - our property borders 9 backyard neighbors). I'd love to find some plants that would be productive in this circumstance, as well as providing a privacy screen.
What is a good resource for learning about the cultural requirement of different plants that one might use in the midwestern US?
Any suggestions as to where to get started with permaculture
(I've read so many different reviews on forest gardening
and Gaia's garden, but I'd love more info).