Chris Holcombe wrote:We have a dry summer season in Portland so for the last probably 2yrs now I’ve been getting free wood chip mulch and just piling it up everywhere around the trees. There’s some old cherry, raspberry and apple trees but they struggling. It seemed that no matter how much I watered I’d just barely limp the plants through the summer. I haven’t seen much growth from a lot of the new fruit trees in the past few years but this year I think I hit a tipping point. We had the biggest cherry harvest I’ve seen since I moved here. I thought it’s probably a fluke due to weather or something. Then we had the best raspberry harvest. The apple trees look like they’re going to break their branches. The fig trees that didn’t do much for the last 3 years, one of them suddenly put on 6ft of growth this year! I think I’m getting somewhere now . I know shoveling wood chips every year isn’t sustainable but I think it’s helping kick start the system. My jar soil tests showed nearly zero organic matter so the soil was pretty burned out before I arrived. Anyways I wanted to post my success here. I’m getting ahead in the battle to kick start a food forest and it feels good.