In fitting with the somewhat theme of this week (I did a show on System Design on Tuesday) I figured that today I would delay a podcast and instead present a video I shot yesterday of my in process food forest.
*The layers and what will be in each.
*The water flow through the property and what I’m trying to do to slow it down and contain it.
*The path of the sun. I’m not real happy about it but we’ll see how it works in real life.
*What I’m starting to do to integrate wildlife into the garden and orchard design.
*Some more clearing I have to do and why.
There is likely to be critique of the design and that’s fine but some things that don’t fit convention.
*Yes there is a drainage ditch. It is necessary and it will help bring more water into the system.
*Yes the trees and other plants are spaced too closely. This is done to take advantage of the layers below ground. Based on my research the roots will mingle or move in directions they need to.
*As I mentioned, I’m not happy with the path of the sun. I get right about 8 hours of full sun on the growing area. I’d love to have more but I figured the microclimate I want to create with apples and plums is actually a cooler one. Its really a tossup between the huge windbreaks on each side and the limited sun. I’m hoping I’ll have less evaporation from both sun and wind and the temperature should be a lot stable. That’s all just an educated guess at this point.
*The chicken coop – yes its not integrated per se. Its not the only chicken housing I plan to have. I had to create a chicken fortress due to the realities of predation in the middle of huge forest. It is the safest thing I could come up with.