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Fruit Tree Guild Installation Part 1

Tuesday 9-18-2012

So it has begun. I have started to implement my permaculture design. The first order of business was to do something about the monoculture fruit trees in my zone 1 garden area. I have dwarf apples and cherries, and medium root stock nectarines and pears. I had them as most do with mulch circles and grass outside of that. I want the zone 1 orchard to be more of a food forest, polyculture, and chicken forage all rolled into one.

 

Most of my supporting plant species are best to be planted in the spring, but my living mulch, Dutch white clover, can be planted in the fall. I decided to get the beds and clover installed this fall, to be followed by the rest of the plantings to go in early spring.

 

The plant communities are below:

Apple “Dwarf”

Shrubs: (1) elaeagnus x ebbingei

Groundcover: chives, horseradish, parsley, oregano, parsnips, garlic, daikon, dutch white clover

 

Cherry “Dwarf”

Shrubs: (1) elaeagnus x ebbingei

Groundcover: chives, horseradish, parsley, oregano, parsnips, garlic, daikon, dutch white clover

 

Pear “Medium Rootstock”

Shrubs: (3) Russian Olive, (3) Sunchokes

Groundcover: chives, oregano, camas, bee balm, dill, yarrow, chicory, daikon, dutch white clover

 

Nectarine “Medium Rootstock”

Shrubs: (3) Russian Olive, (3) Sunchokes

Groundcover: chives, horseradish, parsley, oregano, parsnips, garlic, daikon, dutch white clover

 

How to Install

1. Remove the grass.

Bed Prepped, ready to be planted

2. Add at least 4 inches of good compost.

 

3. Calibrate your spreader to apply 10 pounds of lime per 1000 square feet.

 

4. Mix 1/10 of a pound of clover seed per 10 pounds of lime. This will seem like not much seed, but this is actually on the heavy end of the seeding range for clover. One pound of clover seed should cover 10,000 square feet broadcast spread. I put the lime in the spreader, weigh it, and then put the proper amount of weighed clover seed, and then mix it together with gloved hands.

 

5. Spread the seed/ lime mixture throughout the areas you want to cover.

 

6. Add straw for a mulch covering. This will aid in germination.   

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