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I finally was able to figure out how to down load photos on here so I'm going to download a few of my baby food forest photos: Hope I can do this right. The one I downloaded of the pear trees was in the spring before things started growing, this one is from today of the same photo so you can see the comfrey, and a few of the insectory plants . It is fall here though so most of the plants are done.
This is 3 of the 10 pear trees I have on my property. There is also a baby cherry tree growing among these.
The second photo is a "fruit cocktail tree" ..only one graft is dominant and it hasn't fruited yet, behind it is a peach tree you can't really see well, to it's left is a lilac and it has roses all around it, and then there are more fruit trees to the farther left out of the photo, peach and apple.
The third photo is a Halls Hardy Almond, you can't see the baby peach tree behind it but it is there, but much smaller than the almond, these are surrounded by roses (some dead from the drought but I haven't pruned them out) phlox, daylillies and other wildflowers.
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3 of our pear trees
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fruit cocktail tree
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Halls Hardy Almond and a peach behind it
 
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I have planted dozens of baby nut trees in the past couple of years..here are some photos of some of them:

the first is a baby Carpathian Walnut with tiny baby comfrey, baby orn grasses and wildflowers around it, also a baby rose you can't really see, at the south edge of our forest, the second is a baby Butternut (a type of walnut) also at the south edge of the forest and planted with similar plants and also hostas, goumi baby, and others, and the third is a baby heartnut (one of 2) in the edge of the forest with tiny baby jerusalem artichokes around it..along this forest edge are 6 forms of walnuts also incl black walnuts and 2 apricots, service berry and permsimmon trees, seeds of pawpaw, and lots of other berry type bushes and wild fruits.
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carpathian walnut baby
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butternut baby
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heartnut baby
 
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We also have several adult producing trees on our property, here is a photo of a self seeded apple, nearby are lots of seedless grapes, edible violets, wildflowers and other shrubs and plants, there are several other large apples as well, the other is a photo of a mixed food/screen forest in the center of our front yard, which containe lots of different things like grapes, elderberries, autumn olives, Mount Royal plums, amur maples, lilacs, spruce baby, wild roses, daylillies, wildflowers, etc.
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large self seeded apple, very tasty late red apple
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grapes, elderberries, autumnn olive, etc.
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Mt royal plum, elderberries, lilacs, grapes, roses, amur maple, spruce, baptisia, daylillies, wildflowers..etc
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peach, apple and other fruit trees with hydrangeas, grapes, lilacs, daylillies and other wildflowers
 
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Xisca Nicolas: Isn't the nitrogen fixing coming from rhizobium (associated with the fabaceae family) more than from mycorize?
rhizobium is a bacteria and mycorize a fungus.



You are so right! I did hear back from my teacher, who said that he had heard it from a teacher of his and since the leaves look like a legume, he passed it on without fact checking (as did I). Yup. No Nitrogen fixer. But still pretty
 
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Brenda, your place looks great! It has that "green" quality we only get here in CA if we water (a lot). And you managed to upload 4 pictures in one post. That has never worked for me. Good job!

Greg, the blocks with what I assume is a pool liner looks interesting. it doesn't look like it is filled with water. Can you elaborate as to what you are doing there?

We do have a lot of wildlife around and a big empty lot behind our yard - home to coyotes, raccoons, skunks, foxes - you name it. I am thinking of installing a source of water for them in the empty lot so they are not so tempted to come into ours and eat the chickens and little dogs.....

 
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Marianne West wrote:

Greg, the blocks with what I assume is a pool liner looks interesting. it doesn't look like it is filled with water. Can you elaborate as to what you are doing there?



That's our simple and inexpensive aquaponic setup. We have two small pumps on a light timer that run 15min four times a day. They circulate water from a large pond into the shallow pond (~1" deep) full of pots to provide bottom water and nutrients. My kale LOVES the system, as do my willow starts and greens. The trick is to make sure the pots are mostly filled with soil so the roots are several inches above waterline and don't waterlog. I put wood in the bottom of the pots, then fill them up with compost.
 
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Marianne West wrote:You are so right! I did hear back from my teacher, who said that he had heard it from a teacher of his and since the leaves look like a legume, he passed it on without fact checking (as did I). Yup. No Nitrogen fixer. But still pretty



So did I at the beginning... They look like a legume but they are not.
So I correct is as much as possible and "pass the word", because it can modify the place where you plant it!
My neighbour's will never grow well where it is.
 
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Thank you Greg, something to ponder....
And thank you Xisca, for pointing out the mistake. There is already tons of misinformation out there - don't want to add more.
 
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