These photos were taken during the Canada Day long weekend. There had been incredible growth in the food forest, both food forest plants and grass included. The 3×3 foot landscape fabric squares around each tree offered good protection for individual trees. We spent a lot of time weedwhacking, bushhog mowing and hand weeding, to provide more visibility within the food forest.
Some brief notes of our observations:
- The choke cherries were developing fruit but bowing under the weight – they will need a pruning.
- The asparagus appears very healthy and tall, despite competition with grass in their beds.
- In the herbaceous bed, the motherwort was towering over everything else- standing nearly 7 feet high!
- Species we noticed beginning to fruit were: plums and cherry plums, currants, haskaps and saskatoons.
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Early Summer Snapshots of the Food Forest
Photos © Cara Conroy-Low.