Tyler Ludens wrote:Will rain harvesting earthworks be built? If not, I would not expect the trees to survive, unless you get plenty of rain during the Summer. A permaculture food forest is part of a designed system based on rain harvesting. This is the case even in moist climates.
Cath Brown wrote:How exciting!
I'm also just about to put an offer on a piece of land (with spring) in central Portugal. I can't stop obsessing either!
I wish you all the best and look forward to more news on your journey.
David Good wrote:The mistake I made with my first big food forest project was to think fruit trees would do okay without a lot of input or soil improvement ahead of time.
Water is definitely the main thing you need and it's good you have it. Before I went nuts with fruit tree, I would first concentrate on planting a lot of nitrogen-fixers and chop-and-drop species to build up the land and increase the biomass on it. I wish I'd done that the first time around. After dropping loads of tree company mulch and planting lots of support species, most of my fruit trees pulled through and began to thrive - but for two years they basically sat. And I lived on site and did water and mulch them a bit. Just not enough.
Most fruit trees are highly bred over thousands of years to be food producers for man. They're not scrappy pioneer species that can be left to themselves.