Before and after: the lasagna garden area is coming along! Thanks to the willow tree falling over in the hurricane, I have an abundance of wood chips: this was all grass last year! I have all of the plants for this section of the food forest now, I am just waiting for the last risk of frost to pass before I put them outside. There is a fantastic little microclimate here that allows me to grow zone 8 plants, and push it to zone 9 up against the house, once I have established wind breakage further down in the yard.
The raised bed and pathway are lined with strawberries:
I’ll be putting up a huge trellis in front on the black concrete berm you can see in the first picture: there are three varieties of grape (Madelaine Sylvaner, Valiant, and Triomphe d’Alsace) planted there already, and there will also be two figs (Brown Turkey and Brunswick) between the grapes.
Behind the figs (on the trellis) will be Passionfruit and Maypop (P. edulis and P. incaranata), on the two big trellis posts, there will be Akebia quinata, or chocolate vine.
Along the side of the house, there are 10 Poncirus trifoliata (trifoliate orange) for grafting mandarin oranges.
You can’t see it in this picture, but the second trellis going up will be for the espaliered “Clapp’s Favourite” Pear tree I have planted. I’ll get some help on this from my husband’s aunt, whose beautiful espaliered trees inspired it:
Behind the lasagna garden, you can see the patio & herb spiral that came together last year.
Beside the raised bed and the path are three Highbush Blueberries: (Julia - July fruiting, Augusta - August fruiting, and Septa - September fruiting). Between the blueberries are Bilberries, Crowberries, Bunchberries, and Eskimo Raspberries.
The raised beds will contain companion plants for strawberries: Egyptian walking onions (perennial), garlic, Stuttgarter Reisen onion, lettuce, spinach, and borage. Under the newspaper is a fresh layer of wormy compost, almost ready for hosting my new plants!
The tree between the raised bed and the herb spiral is a European Ash - almost 4 years old. We transplanted it last year, and this year I planted the base with Daylilies.
Somewhere between the ash tree and the herb spiral I’ll put in the Irish Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo “Rubra”), and my yellow and red witch hazels. I have to find a sheltered place for my pomegranates and jujube trees as well.
On the other side of the path are a Chilean Monkey Puzzle Tree and a Linden, but I’ll be moving them both so they can have more space out in the yard, once I fix some drainage issues with a swale: right now it’s a swamp.
So that is an update on one little section of the permanent garden! Lots to accomplish this year, but I got a good start on it last year when I began this project.
This isn’t even beginning to touch on the other forest section with a tulip tree, raspberry, ribes, mulberry, goji berri, hazelnut, elder, myrtle, sea buckthorn, and blackberries, and the patio section with three kinds of kiwis!