I have more land than I can manage right now because it is covered with weeds and I have limited time and funds. I am not turning a desert into a lush jungle, I want to turn a lush bindweed jungle into a jungle of non-poisonous plants and trees.
I share your question- where to begin?
I am going to try to start close to the home (zone 1) and try to create bo undaries, but in the meantime what to do with the field of weeds?
ecuaforest McCoy wrote:Hello all,
I will be starting a food forest in Ecuador with the land I have bought but will not be living there for about 2 years. I have about 2 hectares and plan to have mostly fruit. What I am wanting to ask is how should I begin here? I have considered planting an orchard of fruit trees (jackfruit, passionfruit, custard apples, etc.) and let them grow themselves until I return and upon my return possibly try to drown out the in between plants with mulch and start productive shade tolerant guys on top of that. I would like to get to be self sustainable as quickly as possible, hence the desire for the head start.
Ecuador does have many micro climates. Reason for the biodiversity. This Country, Ecuador, I live here too, depends on elevation for sure, and then humidity is an important factor as well. I know we can grow apples here, but need to be high enough for a frost. Does custard apple need something similar? Where are you growing here?
I am just starting to compile a list of crops that do well at different climates. I am outside of Cuenca 8,000-9,000 feet, so working in that elevation. I Would love to compare notes on micro climates and plant accordingly. Best of luck!