I'm kinda new to permaculture. Just started reading about it 4 years ago, after searching for solutions to some garden troubles.
Now I am in the process of starting a food forest in my garden (I have around 2000 m2 of garden areal to play with). I live in Norway, which means frozen ground in the winter, and light all day and night during summer.
The food forest is currently very young, most of the trees have been planted the last two years. The guilds under the trees are small yet, but I have a lot of ideas I want to add this spring
The trees residing in the area pictured are:
glass apples (easily bruised yellowish apples), plum "opal", pear "Ingeborg" and "herrepære", sweet cherries "Stella", and a red hazelnut-tree.
Underneath them are a mix of herbs and medicinal plants, many which are pollinator-magnets
I've also made an small herb spiral, and had my husband dig some small swales for me while we had a excavator here a while ago. I am trying to turn them into hugel swales.
Being only one person (husband not interested), and with a two year old in tow, things move more slowly than I would like. But they do move forward!
I also keeps chickens, and I am getting started with ducks this spring. The fence in front and to the right for the big red workshop is around a pond, where the ducks will live.
I'll probably be a bit slow in responding and postingnew stuff, but it will be done once in a while
I have a lot of plans and dreams for my garden and food forest.
The overall goal is to be self sufficient with vegetables and fruits, along with eggs (already there), chicken and duck meat.
I will build a greenhouse for extended growing, and warm-weather plants.
There will be cold frames for brassicas and other winter crops.
A root cellar for food storage will be added.
My food forest will expand a lot, and will take over the dismal lawn which resides there now. So too, will the guilds.
Family and neighbours will be awed by the abundance of food surplus they get from my garden, and will start using permaculture on their land.
My farmer-neighbours too, will take notice, and start polycultures on their now monocultural fields. Their pigs will be free-ranging instead of indoor.
These are some of my dreams. I will let you know when I've attained them, one by one.
Spring has finally arrived in my part of Norway! Sorta.. Last week we had 18C in the shade. This week has given us lots of wind, some rain and 2-4C. Brrr..
But the garden is stirring! Crocus and hepatica, along with coltsfoot is blooming. There is buds on the trees, and I'm tending my seedlings, hoping for a big yield this year. A lot of brassicas, I'll se if I can find a nice shady place, without slugs... Yeah right.
I should have gotten a couple of Rouen ducks by now, but the guy I was going to buy them from, haven't responded yet. But I really hope I'll have some slug-eaters this summer!
I will get a few Cayuga duck-eggs after easter, but they will need time to hatch, and get big enough to hunt for slugs all day. Still hoping the Rouen duck-dude will answer soon!
I will try to snap a few new pictures soon, there is a lot happening in the garden right now, cool temperatures or not!
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