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First Forest Garden Experiment2010
First Forest Garden Experiment2010
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Carmichael, California, US
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Eileen Daniels Joel Nisly Richard Larson
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First Forest Garden Experiment2010

Project Type

Urban, Residential

Project Summary

Small Forest Garden Experiment

Project Description

This was my first run at a forest garden. I have created several since, learned a lot, would have done things MUCH differently, but this little forest patch continues to thrive and aggrade. The soil was TERRIBLE!!. It was covered in bermuda grass, mallow, filaree, piles upon piles of dog poop, and brokendown veggie boxes....And thats just what was on the surface... Below the surface were chucks of buried concrete, pvc pipe, childrens toys, an old SIDEWALK. Sadly, I did not have a camera when I first decided to play on this site. Site prep included clearing the debris, forking in amodest amount of compost, VERY thinly sheet mulching some areas, and cover cropping others. All plants shown were planted at the same time, in one day. As shown in the initial pictures, there are three mature plum tree's against the fence. These have since been removed by SMUD. This significantly disturbed that areaof the garden and let in much more sun....too much for what was planted in their understory. Revamping is in the works.


More Progress

Posted over 8 years ago (2 comments)


Progression of forest garden revamping as a result of a shift in vegetation, earthworks, and greywater ( primarily AC bleed & collected bath/shower water.)

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

revamp water harvesting

Remaking earthworks

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)


Third year in.

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

May 2012

Here is the progress of two years

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

Initial Planting 2010

First plants in the ground. 2010

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)
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