Forest garden itinerary
The itinerary for my forest garden tours and workshops, with a link to a “live” page that will be kept up-to-date.
We had our first forest garden tour and workshop last week, via Airbnb. A bit nerve-wracking but eminently enjoyable. I used the same itinerary for both the two hour tour and the six hour workshop. I feel the cyclical process works well in both situations, the workshop is an extension with more detail and practical applications.
1. Definition of a forest garden
- Productive: produce, layers
- Sustainable: wildlife, pests, nutrients, inputs, carbon
- Low maintenance: watering, weeding, digging, fertilising, compost
Wildlife orchard underplanted with edible shrubs & perennial vegetables. 7 layers.
2. Start with wants
- Harvest: fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs, mushrooms, poles, canes, string
- Space: People centered “who, what & when”
3. Climax vegetation
- Woodland -> Forest garden -> Orchard -> Pasture -> Arable
- Increased: energy, fragility, uniformity, maintenance, greenhouse gas emissions
Gently balance the garden
On the cusp of woodland
With minimal effort
* Animal 1: 0.8 * Arable 1: 4.0 * Forest garden 1:40.0
- Measure aspects: soil, water, boundaries, paths, slopes, orientation, views, footpaths, utilities, structures, access, privacy etc
- Mapping: tape measure, satellite, OS map - accuracy
- List what you want & have (three W’s; time, money, space). Zoning.
- Purpose of plan: fit the use and trees with the space.
- Plan access, windbreaks, canopy, name areas (computer or paper).
- Start ground cover & windbreaks now
- Rudimentary propagation bed. Flowers & veg!
- Calculate position, height, width (nurse tree)
- Choose - aspect, light, soil
Critical. Spacing, pollination, protection
6. Sheet mulch
Area, material, time
Spacing, light, access. Mark chalk circles.
8. Ground cover
Wood chip, spacing, shade, temporary ground cover
1. Workshop timetable
- 10-11: Tour - meadow, coppice, Ornamental Forest Garden, Forest Garden One definition
- 11-12: Survey, plan
- 12-1: Lunch
- 1-2: Plan
- 2-3: Practical propagation, shrub
- 3-4: Practical ground cover
2. Tour timetable
- Definition: Fruit Triangle example
- Survey, Plan: polytunnel area
- Propagation, windbreaks: Ornamental Forest Garden
- Canopy, Shrub, Ground cover: Forest Garden One
- Creating a Forest Garden, book by Martin Crawford
- Plants For A Future www.pfaf.org
- Orange Pippin fruit directory www.orangepippin.com
- Horticultural Myths puyallup.wsu.edu/lcs/
- Rootstock reference www.forestgarden.wales/blog/rootstock-reference
- Edimentals edible plants www.edimentals.com
- Sun Surveyor app www.sunsurveyor.com
- Inkscape drawing software www.inkscape.org
- QCAD software www.qcad.org
- Forest Garden Wales
- Twitter @ForestGdnWales
- Facebook @ForestGardenWales
- Please leave a review on Airbnb, Tripadvisor or Facebook, thank you 🙂
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