Nicole Alderman wrote:I just wanted to thank you, Rick, for stopping by and imparting your knowledge about forest gardens. I very much appreciate your help!
Xisca Nicolas wrote:That is super great!
What I do not understand: why secret and camouflaged? What do you mean?
And what is your climate?
Alex Veidel wrote:This sounds like a fantastic book!
Teretta Owen wrote:I don't understand how to put in terraces, or swales if the ground is level. How far down are you talking about digging? We actually have access to a tractor my dad is letting us borrow to move some mulch that we got from a tree cutting company and are putting it down like Paul says in his You Tube video about Back to Eden Gardening. Thanks for any info. In your book I only read about good bugs and bad bugs, deer, squirrels, rabbits, but nothing about moles, voles, or gophers. I'll have to look again. I didn't see that the book said anything about removing grass either, but instead a clean slate. I'm just a goober I guess, but I do want to do this and do it right.
Teretta Owen wrote:Do I have to remove grassy top from soil to start a food forest?
How do I keep gophers from food forest? I think it is the million dollar question. I think we may need to get a rodenator. We saw one on YouTube.
Teretta Owen wrote:I got the book today " Secret Garden of Survival". I love all the info in it but need more info that wasn't included. We live in Oklahoma and have LOTS!!! of gophers and moles that are devastating our lawn and previous garden. We pulled everything up that was in the previous garden such as asparagus and strawberries, and put landscaping wire under it and replanted, but I want to plant a food forest. I am afraid the gophers and moles will devastate it like they did my last garden in pulling plants under the ground and eating them and destroying the rest. Is there any way to run them off naturally? I have put out traps and shot some but haven't made a dent on their activity and destruction. If I put the effort into moving trees and grapes to the new location I would be heart broke and very irritated if it happened again. I also want to know if starting from a clean slate means removing the grass from the top of the soil. We don't have a tree forest to remove but instead have a level lawn to turn into a food forest.
Thanks for the dream of a food forest cause I know we are gonna need it
Nicole Alderman wrote:Hi Rick! (And anyone else who responds!)
I was wondering if you had any edible plants that do well in a rather shady coniferous forest. About an acre of my property is shaded woods, with an over canopy of hemlocks with some cedars and a few big leaf maples. In the under story, there are ferns and some huckleberries growing out of stumps, and maybe a few straggly salmonberry and thimbleberries. Not much else grows in there. While I enjoy huckleberries, I would love to sneak in some other edibles, but I don't know what else would grow there. I don't have the time, money or resources to cut down trees, and I do love the appearance of wild forest, but I would love to get more food out of that piece of our property. Any ideas?
Heather Ward wrote:Rick, is there anything that you grow in your food forest that's intended to feed livestock rather than yourself? Over the last few years I've incorporated patches of alfalfa intended for my chickens and goat, and I coppice some small Siberian elms for the goat, but am very curious about other possibilities.