From Orchard to

Food Forest



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. 


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.


Carved Beds

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


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. 


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.