Tomas Remiarz wrote:We moved to our place about six years ago and were lucky enough to have a fully established orchard on the land. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about converting it into a forest garden. I’ve always been intrigued by Dave Jacke’s proposal of “aikido-ing existing succession” (described in Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1, page 287) so I thought I’d give it a go here. The strategy fitted my requirements as (at least theoretically) it requires minimal input of time and money. I have decided to put the method to the test and am having a lot of fun with it.
Has anyone else experimented with this kind of slow and steady approach? Are there any particular techniques you can recommend, and plants that you have successfully encouraged on your site?
what is aikido style?
to "aikido" an existing succession means to see what eco system is doing, then add your own energy to redirect the flow. A grassland beginning to grow wild black berries, so you grow black berries or simply encourage the ones that are there already. Aikido-ing succession is less about design and more about benevolent and skillful opportunism.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:What is the strategy like, ...for a forest garden!!!