Jun 30, 2006

The Orchard is a Swale and Berm design collecting the moisture from rain and snow on level contoured depressions. The water soaks into the ground and creates a lens of moisture under ground each berm. The heavily mulched berms stay moist throughout the summer and buffer dry and wet spells. This is called Earthworks and Repatterning of the land.

The plant guilds were developed over the preceding winter. We want at least two of every perennial edible plant we could find, focusing on fruit and nut trees. The supporting plant guilds consist of Nitrogen Fixers, Nutrient Accumulators, mulching plants and ground cover.

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Permaculture and Polyculture Consulting and Design

Permaculture and Polyculture Consulting and Design
Getting to know your property, the plants you have and those you can grow, is a fulfilling endeavor. With most I am the steward of the land. I give them good soil biology and they do the rest. If I group them in cohesive plant communities, they respond with greater yields. If I encourage the micro-organisms (Fungus and bacteria) , the roots obsorb more nutrients making a pest and disease resistant plant. A stronger plant that gives us more organic food and takes less energy.

A Ten Acre Farm Transformed to an Edible Forest Garden

A Ten Acre Farm Transformed to an Edible Forest Garden
Self Renewing Fertility, Soil Building, Water Catchment, Tea Trail Swale, Erosion Control and Native American Medicinals