Sunday, December 21, 2008

Rainwater Fed Hillside Orchard

This is what it's all about! Growing perennial food with no irrigation and coming back to eat when it is ready! Good tip on the gopher baskets. I'd add on growing a cover crop between trees to improve soil and add nitrogen before adding in herbs/insectaries etc. Also add in mulch creators (chop n drop) to grow mulch on site rather than carting it in!

"Chop 'n Drop" is common in food forest design - planting something - anything.. commonly a bush/tree.. its purpose is to grow and create organic material for mulch and also its roots dig up and mine minerals from the sub soil which then are deposited onto and helps build the topsoil as it's leaves and stems decompose!

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