Food Forest

Natal Plum, Nom Nom
The Natal Plum, or scientifically, the Carissa Macrocarpa, is a tree common to South Africa where it gets its common name, the Nom Nom (Num Num) Tree, because it is so good to eat.  I have never seen a Natal Plum in a Nursery near me so in order to […]

Natal Plum Carissa Macrocarpa – Food Forest Permaculture

Drip line swivel Action!
Looking for the best DIY Garden Watering System that will be cheap, effective, and easy to maintain?  You’ve come to the right place.  My wife and I are on Garden 7.0 and we’ve learned a lot through all of those revisions. Past Garden Watering Systems Garden 1.0 – Use shovel […]

Best Drip Irrigation Garden Watering System Setup

The Passiflora edulis, or passion fruit, is a tropical vine that is native to parts of South America. Some other names for it are passion flower and passion vine. Pros of Passion Fruit Vine Vigorous grower Very little fertilizer and water input (I water mine weekly but rarely ever give it […]

Passiflora Edulis – Passion Fruit Vine

Cotton Candy Tree, Strawberry Tree, Panama Berry tree, Cake batter tree??? There is a lot of confusion about the name for this tree and admittedly I made up the last one, but my wife demands that they taste like cake batter.  To avoid the confusion, the genus is Mutingia and […]

Cotton Candy Tree aka Strawberry Tree aka Panama Berry Tree

Tamarind, grow your own food forest
Tamarind is a traditional food in many countries, but I myself had never paid much attention to them.  These trees are amazing trees in that they are both fast growing and highly wind resistant.  Usually fast growing trees have weak wood which breaks easily. Pros of Tamarind Trees Fruit can be left […]

Tamarind – Food Forest Permaculture

Unripe mulberry fruit may be hallucinogenic
Mulberries are incredibly delicious, however, the fruit are easily damaged so you rarely see them available in stores.  The trees are drought tolerant and require little fertilizer.  They are prolific growers sprouting new trees from cuttings easily.  There are many different varieties and colors that grow in most climates including varieties that […]

Mulberry, Everbearing and Shangri La – Food Forest Permaculture

Chaya Spinach Tree, antidiabetic, antimutagenic, antioxidant Free food security
I’ll admit that I was at first very reluctant to order the Chaya Spinach Tree.  In fact, I never ordered it — it came as a “bonus” plant.  I’m glad I planted it and gave it a chance because this is probably one of the most amazing plants out of […]

Chaya Spinach Tree – Food Forest Permaculture

Pindo Jelly Palm, Food Security, permaculture food forest
The Pindo Jelly Palm is perhaps one of the easiest to manage fruit trees on our land.  In fact, the one time I tried to give it water and fertilizer, it died.  My policy now for my pindo palms is to stick them in the ground and ignore them. Pros of Pindo […]

Pindo Jelly Palm – Food Forest Permaculture

Air Layering Barbados Cherry Tree
The Barbados Cherry Tree is one of the best producers and a fast grower with or without fertilizer and water input. Barbados Cherry Vitamin C Content According to Vitamin C in Barbados cherry Malpighia glabra L. pulp submitted to processing and to different forms of storage, each 100 grams of cherry […]

Barbados Cherry Tree – Food Forest Permaculture

Podocarpus aka Japanese Yew Edible Privacy Hedge
First of all, the priority with a privacy shrub is privacy, therefore, any plant as part of a privacy shrub should not die in a light frost and leave a gaping hole in your shrub.  But, what if we could do better than just privacy?  What if that privacy shrub […]

Grow an Edible Privacy Shrub

Tree Canopy microclimate
Protecting your trees in a frost (continued) How to protect trees & fruit in a freeze, Page 1 Hay Many trees will resprout in the spring if you protect at minimum the trunk of the tree from freezing.  You simply pile hay around the trunk as high as you want […]

Frost Protection for Trees & Fruit, Page 2

Protect trees, plants, and fruit from a freeze
All across the internet there are different ideas and opinions about ways to protect trees from a freeze.  I’ve listed out every method I know and the pros/cons of each, including, blankets, sprinklers, buckets of water, incandescent or Christmas lights, drip lines, propane, hay, fertilization, tree canopies, etc. Protect Trees […]

How to Protect Trees & Fruit in a Freeze, Complete ...