Permaculture Tywi, a permaculture group from the Tywi Valley in Wales, came on a magnificent forest garden tour on Saturday 23rd June, as previously reported.
I’m very lucky that Christine Jones and others took photographs – I keep meaning to but I find myself too busy talking. Thought it would be nice to share some of the photos. Apologies, I didn’t get everyone’s name so I can’t caption them properly!
Forest Garden One (as it’s affectionately known) first thing in the morning, before the tour starts. Photo by Jake.
The polytunnel in the forest garden
The area which one day will become the Potting Shed
The Boozey Herb Garden, two beds planted and mulched with bark, small olive tree in the middle
The potting area inside the polytunnel
Rare interior shot of the polytunnel – ground cherry front left, chillies front right (perennial Locoto chilli doing best), then tomatillos, and climbing achocha. See The Real Seed Catalogue for more details
The rather underused compost bays by the polytunnel, with a propagation bed stacked with very happy Glechoma hederacea (Alefoot or False Ivy), and some flowering Valeriana officinalis. The Alefoot showing what a good ground cover plant looks like!
Jake talking about alefoot and the importance of propagation beds
Jake showing how you are supposed to propagate strawberries, using individual pots for the runners. Quite often I’ll let the runners roots naturally before planting them out, depending on time
Jake talking about the magical Fruit Triangle, where soft fruit just disappears without explanation (I blame the birds…)
The world famous Fruit Triangle doing it’s fruity thing
The glorious West Wales countryside viewable over the polytunnel. To the left is the Orchard with the Accidental Mini-Meadow, to the right is the Cornus stolonifera windbreak hedge. I like Cornus (dogwood), as it’s less floppy than Rosa rugosa and easier to manage.
The North Face windbreak hedge of Juneberry, Guelder Rose and Sea Buckthorn. Permaculture teacher Paul Jennings is catching 40 winks in the midst of a rather busy day
Sheet mulch vs. Meadow – I would do things differently but then, who wouldn’t? In the future, I’ll be far more selective with when I sheet mulch an area, ie just before I need it. In the meantime, keep it as long grass, so that the soil and wildlife benefits.
The rather unglamourous Farside area, still under heavy development. I planted canopy trees (sweet chestnut, cherry, crab apple etc) but would have kept a grass understory until ready to plant out ground cover.
The far reaches of the eastern end of the forest garden. This the rather neglected Willow Coppice, which will be used for wood chip mulch in the short term and possibly weaving in the longer term
Jake showing the condition of the soil after the sheet mulch is pulled up, and then covered with mulch
It’s okay to have annual raised beds in a forest garden 🙂
Photos copyright Christine Jones, and possibly others.