Tyler Ludens wrote:Here's an overview of the food forest process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2bvTeMUuO0
or it would be if it let me link to it. :(
Roman Campbell wrote:OK well I did a little research on the "three sisters" method and I think I'm gonna go with that method and just slowly incorporate some fruit trees and pernnials. My next question is, how do y'all prepare your soil? Do you till the ground or use winter cover crops which from what I understand, till the ground and fertilize it. Whatcha think?
Roman Campbell wrote:Are you supposed dig up the topsoil where your going to place your wood? I was just thinking I could strip the topsoil so I could have something to run on and place my wood down then respread the topsoil.
Just pretty mad right now cause I was excited about working my tractor and getting everything setup but in the end I just destroyed everything.
Roman Campbell wrote:Oh well that's good news, how would I search for the thread that talks about hugleculture not being used as swales?
I've also been looking at a lot of threads on forest gardens. I've especially looked at ones dealing with corn. It seems like some people view corn as almost evil, or annual veggies in general. What's the deal with that or am I just way off base. Just didn't know how you'd have a food forest without veggies. What's generally planted in a food forest?
Roman Campbell wrote:OK I think I'm getting a little better understanding of permaculture. Right now I think my plan is to separate my veggie garden from the actual food forest. Gonna be putting the food forest in the front and veggies in the back.
I already have quite a few oak trees but was thinking of centering everything around 2 pecan trees followed by Apple trees etc. And what about spacing? I know in most gardens they say to space your veggies. Do you space trees or veggies in a forest garden? Most trees you plant recommend like 10ft between trees, that's an awful lot of wasted space. For the veggie garden I'm currently constructing a hugel kulture bed 5ft x 10-20ft. Might make 2 of these. We love corn, peas, and potatoes so well definitely be making guilds of these. This might be a stupid question but do many people grow corn on hugleculture beds?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
The growing mound can also have multiple layers of plants that complement each other, all growing in a "three sisters" style. You can plant melons or squash on the top, corn at the bottom and just about anything else in between the top and bottom. It is efficient when done right. awkward when done wrong.
Thanks for all the info, trying to soak up as much as I can. I'm trying my best not to sound stupid but this is my first experience actually gardening.
I would highly recommend that you go here: http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/ and watch the film. There are constant religious references which I find a little off-putting, but it is still the best gardening video I have ever seen and it completely changed (for the better) the way I garden. It isn't a "permaculture" video, but it is extremely valuable and will help tremendously at the stage you are at now.