Permaculture in September! Fruit Tree Polycultures
David and Gretchen of Post Carbon Designs helped me select two fruit trees for part of my yard that's been basically open (but wasted) space. I'm hoping to use it more productively and use the trees as a buffer for the tennis courts and playground next door. My fence is falling down and I'd rather use my resources to plant and re-scape than to replace it. It hasn't quite fallen down yet, but more trees will also give me more buffer from the land outside my property line on that end.
David led a workshop on choosing plants for a fruit tree polyculture. He added Black Locust tree shoots to add nitrogen to the ground in that part of the yard and support the other plants. The system created by the fruit trees, other pollinators, and plants and herbs like horseradish, comfrey, white clover, onion, more chives and strawberries split off my plants closer to the house make up the polyculture surrounding each tree.
David explains the process.
Selection of plants for the polyculture
|Black Locust shoots behind this pear tree polyculture|
|Elderberry gets some extra nourishment|
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