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  • VA2SFX 10:40 pm on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Planting a food forest 

    I’m really not an expert on this. I’ve planted some fruit trees that lived, and some that did not.

    My basic concept is “set it and forget it.”

    Plant ’em, don’t water ’em, mulch ’em if you got ’em, but don’t weed ’em. Fuck the rest.

    I don’t have advice for anybody, I have only what I’m trying.

    Whether my approach is a success will take years to determine. I planted some of these fairly close together, but I figure if in ten years I have to decide which amazing perfect super fruitful tree I have to trim or remove, my time won’t have been wasted. And right now, the closeness maximizes the available space.

    The trees are on about 12′ centers. 2 ea. apple, pear, plum. 2 ea. serviceberry, blackberry and two ea. of two different types of seedless grapes. Plus two each of elder and hardy fig will arrive in a separate delivery.

    Elsewhere I have peach, fig, kiwi, cherry, plum, raspberries, (unproductive failing) blueberries, grape and pears. We’ll see what survives and produces fruit over time, over years.

    I used a grub hoe to take away the top tufts of grass and roots. Then covered in a square-ish shape the soil around the tree with some tough thick tarp pieces I have (the plastic doesn’t degrade much), and marked them with larger sticks, and with logs which I have in abundance.

    Over the mounds I sowed mixed edible, wildflower and other seeds, and in the spaces I sowed heavily oats over the grass and sunflowers round the perimeter. My idea is to stock the soil seed bank and add rather than subtract. Try to mimic an emerging meadow transitioning to a forest…

  • VA2SFX 8:00 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Spring garden as snow melts 

    It’s tough to capture with a camera, the beauty of a sloppy wet garden emerging from the snow, having been heavily mulched the year before. Winterkill oats and teff, parsely rotting to black. Old garlic stalks. Many many bags of leaves gathered from the winter. Embedded experiments, plants coming back to life you thought were never alive in the first place. I almost care more about creating the right textures now, what materials that consists of, and what the soil life effects are. The plants are kind of just along for the ride for me rn. They are harvestable indicators. I want to see the full processes of them as they generate and regenerate across cycles. Growths and decays. Periodicity. Wavelengths. Creating leprechaun habitat.

  • VA2SFX 1:41 am on April 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Nature is what we do. 

    An Invironment writing prompt

    For the editors and readers of Invironment, ‘Nature’ isn’t a place you go on weekends

    Photo by Somin Khanna

    Nature is what we do.

    Nature is all around us. It’s like the Force. It exists inside us, flows out through us. Waves crashing on waves — onto rocks. We cannot escape it. 
    It’s in our nature.

    So how do you Nature?

    DIY Nature writing wanted.

    Theme: How do you Nature?

    • Are you an eater, a watcher, a listener, a toucher, a smeller, a taster?
    • Do you have practical, hands-on experience, expertise and interest as an avant-gardener, a forward-thinking forager, an adventurous culinary artist, enterprising farmer, or concerned climate scientist?
    • Do you watch the Weather Channel religiously? Do you talk to animals? Do you check moon phases? Do you try to identify birds from your back porch with binoculars? Do you take up close pictures of flowers? Do you just like mowing your lawn?

    If you answered yes to any of the above and can condense your Nature know-how into engaging first-person essays with a tutorial slant and 1 or 2 original photos, we would love to share your DIY Nature with our community of nearly 11K readers.*

    Email us: pitches and links to published posts for consideration at the email address below. Thanks!

    *Stories selected to be published in Invironment remain the copyright of their respective authors, are not edited by us (though we may offer occasional suggestions) and are unpaid.

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