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Dale Hodgins
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I think this garden is about 15 years old now. It contains a wide array of fruiting bushes and trees along with some herbs.

There is a cherry tree, a mulberry tree, autumn olives, goumi berries, red and black currants, sea buckthorn, arbutus berries, and probably some other fruits that I've missed.

Herbs include lemon balm, which is starting to smother the black currants, anise, rosemary, mint and several others.

There are some really nice artichokes.

Potatoes fill out some of the empty spots in the understory. I don't hold out much hope for a huge potato crop, due to the shade. They are seldom bothered by bugs here, so it makes a nice ground cover.

This little corner of the world is stuffed with edibles, and it's on display for all the world to see. They give away free cuttings along with information on how to grow things. There is almost never anyone there, but it was put together by a community center and there are people associated, who can identify plants.

About thirty paces away is a hugelkultur orchard, that was planted a few years ago. Not much to see there yet.
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nancy sutton
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Very interesting... can you provide some 'distance' shots to provide the 'big picture' ?   I think mint, lemon balm and potatoes will eventually be the only 'ground' level plants :)   How about 'weeds'?  I'm thinking of bindweed, quack grass and horsetail... the trio in our neck of the woods.  Is anyone doing any weeding?  Thanks : )
 
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Those problem plants aren't much of a concern in this garden. I don't have any of them at my place. Bindweed is a problem for some. I don't see much maintenance going on here. There is wood chip mulch.

We also lack many of the pests that plague gardens. With very little use of pesticides around here, there seems to be a pretty good balance of predator and prey. I never do one thing about pests, other than creating reptile habitat. They eat slugs snails and wire worms. Airborne pests are not much of an issue.
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https://permies.com/t/27910/permaculture-projects/Dale-Day-Garden    ; This is a garden that I helped create a few years ago. It is 2 kilometers from the public garden. Although it's in full sun, we didn't have many weed problems, other than some bindweed that constantly climbed up the fence. Go to the center of page 2, to see just how dense it got.

The crops were grown so tightly together, that it didn't leave much room for unwanted plants.

I went from no garden, to producing about 10 times what I could eat, within a few months.

It's called, Dale's 3-day Garden, because I gave it three days of hard work to get the whole system going.

Some people grow weeding gardens.

Some people grow watering all the time gardens.

 Some people grow, everything died gardens.
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I prefer Harvest Gardens. Plant a very dense mix on quality soil and then harvest as fast as you can, so it doesn't bolt.

This little food Forest seems to be at a point now where it is a Harvest Garden. A fellow from Australia called that permaculture .

The next time I go there, I will try to get a distance shot.

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Thanks, Dale... looking forward to the broader view.  I think the 'classic' weeds are more prevalent in decades-old gardens, where they got a foothold in past years. 
 
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I returned, for some pictures and some gomy berries. My voice recognition software calls these are gummy bears. These are a much better snack choice.

The plantings are rather dense, so it tends to present a wall of green, from the outside.

The garden with the fence is called a hugelkultur orchard. I was there when it was built, and there was more wood used in one of my beds, than in all of this space. They made the corridors between rows of trees exceptionally large.

The mulberry produced lots of flowers, so I'm expecting a good crop.
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Red currants have gotten so heavy some are lying on the ground
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This is the back of a cob bench
 
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Thanks, Dale ; )   It is a lovely garden...I wonder how it is 'maintained' ?   I think areas are mowed and woodchip mulched.
 
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It appears to be wood chip mulch.

Here's a weird thing. It very seldom gets harvested. There are quite a few things that if I don't pick them, they dry up on the vine. Black currants, red currants and goumi berries all went unharvested last year. A small cherry tree sat unpicked, until the birds ate every one. This year, I have been harvesting every berry off of an out of the way goumi berry bush, in an attempt to determine yield. I'm harvesting nothing off of the one that is by a pathway that many people travel. So far, most of that fruit has fallen to the ground.

This is why City governments are always planting non fruiting varieties of cherry and plum. When they do plant fruiting varieties, they just end up feeding the rats.

Whenever we have some sort of poverty protest in Victoria, people turn out in large numbers. Food prices are at the top of the complaints list.

A month from now , every vacant lot will be covered with Himalaya berries. I did a picking test three years ago and then sold my production. I was able to harvest $40 worth per hour. There are people making a quarter this amount , who could really benefit from some extra work and money.
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When I was picking Himalaya berries last year, an exchange student from Africa stopped and asked me if the berries were free. I told her yes and most of them will fall to the ground. She said that this would never happen in her hometown. I gave her a big yogurt container, and she filled it, with a plan to return regularly, until the end of the season.
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