I had always wanted to create a Food Forest to hold all the various food plants/trees that I had growing around the section. Fortunately we live on a farm so it is just a question of which fence to push out a little bit so I could gather them all in one place. Here is a list of all the plants that grow there:
Trees – Nashi, Fig, Fejoas, Plum, Pear, Lemon, Manderine, Hazelnuts, Almonds.
Berries – Gooseberries, Blueberries, Cape Gooseberries, Edible Grape, Ground growing yellow raspberries.
Herbs – Stevia, Bergamot, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Pineapple Sage, Red & Green sage, Oregano, Fennel, Thyme, Rosemary, Wormwood, Chives, Tansy, Chamomile, Palagonium, Allysum, Feverfew, Yarrow.
Beneficial insect plants – Verbena Bonariensis, Borage, Comfrey, Foxglove, Nastursium, Sedum, Swan plants, Sunflowers, Cardoon.
Edible plants – Day lillies, Peppers, Chillies, Zucchini, Pumpkins, Squash, Artichoke, Garlic, Perpetual onions, Silverbeet, Cucumber. Compost plant
For pest control I use white Pekin ducks and a Frog Pond
The Food Forest is now well established and a joy to wander around or sit in. We have bee hives there as well as it is a very sheltered site. The trees and plants that I moved seem to be saying ‘thankyou very much, this is where I belong’.
It is easy to set up but if you need a bit of advise on how to start then email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer has been exceptional and all the plants, trees and weeds are doing VERY well. I have added more fruit trees: a nectarine, a Blackboy peach, a persimmon, another plum, 2 red and 2 black currant bushes and a thornless blackberry and I have moved the 5 gooseberry bushes to a shadier spot. The bees are buzzing, the butterflies are here, pumpkins are taking over, the pathways are getting thinner, as intended, and now I am just waiting for winter to move a plumcot, a peacherine and a cherry that I have decided to re-locate. I’m sure they will be very happy! Can’t wait for next summer!