From Orchard to

Food Forest

 

 
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The Drawing

Our orchard was my first dive into Permaculture installation.

I started with a plan, a working drawing which I made during my PDC with Andrew Millison with OSU. 

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The Orchard

We began by digging down to hard pan.  That let me know how much decent soil I had to work with. I then used flags to define the walkways. This garden has a gentle slope that I curved the paths to interrupt any runoff and topsoil loss - works like magic.

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Carved Beds

We began by laying out the pathways, heaping that soil onto what would become planting beds and tree guilds

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The Icing

The paths were covered with straw, guilds and rows were planted.  Since it was  summer, drip line was installed to help ensure that the plants would thrive. 

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1 year later

The change in such a short time is mind bending.  We focused on companion planning, including perennial & annual herbs, berry bushes, annual veggies, perennial and annual pollinators & plants for beneficial insects.