The Bare Bones of a Food Forest – GreenFoodie’s Garden Journal

Despite some fairly atrocious weather over the weekend we managed to make a great start to our food forest, planting out most of our bare rooted orchard trees. After attending the food forest course at the Mulloon Institute, a couple of weeks of brain-storming and considering the various aspects impacting on our block we finally settled on a design and plant selection. I sketched out the plans while David did all the grunt work on D-Day (I kept William amused and did some of the lighter work).

The food forest is just bare bones at the moment but it is exciting to have made a start and to see how much room for growing we actually have. The whole family loves being outdoors and we are looking forward to all the work we still have to do. By Winter’s end we have to plant out the rest of the bare-rooted trees, lay the compost and mulch, set out the paths, put up the trellises and plant the vines. Then there’s the native garden and bee hive.

As Spring rolls around the next jobs are to plant the food forest understorey (so far we are planting comfrey, tansy and currants) and ground cover (mints and strawberries, flowers, and masses of garlic and onion seed… you can never have too much garlic or onion). The blueberry and pumpkin patch needs to be prepared and planted, market gardens laid out and planted.

When we move into our house in Summer we will have to lay the grass and plant the vege/herb garden, build the green house, chookhouse and run and get our chookies. Then there’s the fun of pottering, harvesting and more planning, oh and eating, lots of eating! Of course we will keep you updated.

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4 Responses to “The Bare Bones of a Food Forest – GreenFoodie’s Garden Journal”
  1. Janine says:

    Looking good! And what a great plan! Considering sun, shade, water run off and all!
    So you’re fitting all of that on about 1600 square meters or half an acre?
    Is the market garden for growing food to sell at the markets?
    Do you have access to ground water? What about septic?
    Ooo… so many questions!

    • Genevieve says:

      Thanks Janine! Yeah its all on 1700m2. The market garden is for growing our own food and sharing. It will be more intensive and bigger than the vege and herb gardens in Zone 1. We are on town water but hoping that we’ll harvest enough rain water for most of our needs, plus we’re using a compost and mulching system that should reduce the need for watering in Zone 2. We’re on town sewerage but it would be great to recycle our own sewerage one day. We were back on the block to finish planting the bare-rooted trees and what a glorious day it was!! How are your garden plans going?

      • Janine says:

        Wow! It’s good to know just how much can fit on that sized block with good planning. It sounds like you’ll have an abundance of food once the forest is established. I was curious about the water because it looks like you’ll have a big tank away from the house (your only catchment area?), but I guess it needs to be close to the food forest too. Sorry about all of the questions, I’m really just starting to work out how all these ideas work in practice so it’s exciting to find someone who’s actually doing it! I’ve only just finished filling my first compost bin, hoping to start a worm farm soon, and am watching my first lemon tree slowly die because I can’t work out what’s wrong with it. I’m hoping it will pick up as the weather does, but I don’t know if there is much hope for me and a food forest if I can’t even keep one lemon tree alive and well!

        Has the building started on your house? It must be very exciting seeing your block take shape 🙂


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