Mapping Zone 1 Fruit Tree Guilds
Currently I have (15) fruit trees in my zone 1 garden. These trees are planted in typical fashion with mulch circles underneath, and no supporting species whatsoever. I decided to connect my trees to create the space necessary to add my supporting species. This will create shapes and curves more in tune with nature, with the added benefit of not having to mow in between trees. These supporting species will provide beneficial insect habitat, pest repellant, nutrient accumulation, nitrogen fixation, and mulch.
In order to achieve the pleasing lines I would like to have for my fruit tree guilds, the first thing I do is paint it out with turf marking paint. I can tell you from 11 years of experience as a landscaper that designs on paper rarely follow exactly the installation in real life. Designs are a good guide, but usually practicality and experience will alter even the most well thought out designs. If you are designing planting beds, zones, or any garden areas, a turf marking wand and some paint is a worthwhile investment.
Zone 1 Fruit Trees and supporting species to add
Apple (Dwarf): Russian Olive (1), Chives, Horseradish, Parsnips, Garlic, Oregano, Daikon
Cherry (Dwarf): Russian Olive (1), Chives, Horseradish, Parsnips, Garlic, Oregano, Daikon
Pear (Medium): Russian Olive (3), Sunchokes (3), Chives, Oregano, Camas, Bee Balm, Dill, Yarrow, Chicory, White Dutch Clover, Daikon
Nectarine (Medium): Russian Olive (3), Sunchokes (3), Chives, Horseradish, Parsnips, Garlic, Oregano, Daikon