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Here in zone 6 there isn't much I can do outside but I've been planning for Spring.  

This year my main food forest goal is to flesh out the polycultures with different varieties and to plant nut and fruit varieties I don't have.  I'm not going to expand until the area I have sheet mulched is rocking.

What I learned this year.  The main thing I learned is don't get too spread out, focus on a manageable area and get it densely planted before expanding.  I will be re-mulching stuff I already did due to grass encroachment.   Also I will start planting grains grasses etc that I can use like a hay mulch to compliment or replace spreading more chips.  The wood chips are awesome but difficult to keep up with.  I finally have some stuff growing so I can start prapogating things like hazelnut, raspberries, mulberries, blackberres, goji berries and etc.

I will put a list of plants I have ordered as bare root or seeds. Let me know what you have planned!   Major projects or goals in the garden?

Bare Root:  Hansen's Bush Cherry, Carmine Jewel Bush Cherry, Purple Robe Locust, Black Tartarian Cherry Standard, Stella Sweet Cherry semi-dwarf,Hall's Hardy Almond, Adams Elderberry, John's Elderberry, Double gold raspberry (double bearing), Joan J Primocane Raspberry, 

Seeds:  Nasturtium, Marshmallow, Calendula, Yarrow, Echinacea, Red Aztec Spinach, Borage, Valerian, Mint Mix, Hyssop Korean, alpine strawberries, vetch

Vegetable Seeds:  A work in progress.
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I've been preparing as well, can't wait, on this side of the great water, winter hasn't been very severe at all, very rainy,dark and grey. Can't wait for the sun to get strong again. I spotted cranes flying north today and a week ago i heard them high up in the sky somewhere, so it's getting there.

I agree with concentrating on not spreading out too much, although i like to put a mildly agressive sort of ground cover in future places/patches and just protect them against grasses by fencing them of with some natural stones, whatever it is i've planted, it will flower at some point, attracting more insects, which attract birds which leave droppings, which make other stuff grow. And by the time i get to use that spot for food i use the ground cover on some other future patch. Bugleweed is shade tolerant or something like asters , small geraniums, and i got places where the small not seeding comfrey is mining, it takes some perseverance to get rid of though. It took me a year where it started to grow into the limejoints of a neighbouring house(!), oops. Luckily i didn't have the seeding kind.

You want to mulch with hay, or straw? I did grass clippings one seasons, sucked out all the nitrogen and seeds abound, that was a silly thing to do. Gave up on that kind of mulching and do more what you say fill it up with edibles. That Aztek spinach is a great one ,is that a family of chenopodium? I mean i got chenopodium a red one, and when you don't bother about collecting all the seeds, it will keep sprouting for two month it did. I just harvest it small while harvesting/weeding my patches, leave a few promising ones. Corn salad is another ground cover i keep, been harvesting all winter, time consuming to clean. Another one is this amaranth, prolific seeder, less nice in salad, but great as a spinach, i got miner lettuce to try this year and a red veined sorrel.

I didn't know about cherry bushes you're gonna grow, is looking lush.

 
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I have to trim back one of our brown turkey figs which will create about 15 new trees this year.
I'm also going to be air layering some mulberry tree branches to be planted this fall.
2 or 3 new garden beds are going in, a permanent strawberry patch, an asparagus bed is in the plans too.

Other than those projects I have two new silvo pastures in the works already, just have to wait till time to seed.

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Zone 8a. Ive been busy. Fyi, established asparagus came up yesterday!

I started 2 new asparagus beds,  planted a potato bed, planted 4 pawpaw trees. Relocated 4 blackberry suckers to new location. Lettuce is coming up. Cabbage is growing. Peas are planted.

Sheep had a baby. Using hay as bedding and using the spoiled hay to mulch cabbage, asparagus, blackberries, trees.

Started tomato and peppers from seed.

Im running out of time to plant more trees. Goal is 12 per year. Will make trip to womack soon for pecans, pear, mulberry and jujube.

Cow had a baby 2 days ago.

Been hatching chickens slowly. I just have 1 hen 1 rooster.  I have 3 chicks and 2 more in the incubator.

I Will be hatching turkeys when they lay.  I plan to raise meat for personal consumption and release a few into wild.

Biggest change this year is a fence in my garden too keep out deer, horses, chickens. Last year was a failure to keep them out.

Im picking up bees may 12.
 
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