The garden is visibly more lush this year and you can really see all the runners and clumpers in the shot below. The perennials are well established after 2 years.
Over the winter of 08 I planted winter rye and clover as a cover crop from Seeds of Change I didnt take pictures but I’ll make sure to do it this year.
- Cinnamon Vine
- French Sorrel
- Italian Dandelion
- Good King Henry
- Ansie Hyssop
- Burnet, Salad
- Lemon Balm
- Sweet Cicely
- Japanese Edible Daylily
- red clover
- white clover
- lambs quarter
- wood sorrel
- Gooseberries – Poorman variety- suppose to be the sweetest one and best for fresh eating. The Berries fruited after 1 year of being planted.
- Goumi – Fixes Nitrogen, will take out in 4 years or so and replace with Goji berries
- Sajio Persimmon – suppose to be the tastiest but is astringent
The persimmon tree started off as a twig but grew 2x as large with branches and leaves within the summer.
I used a method called sheet mulching, which is made up of a layer of non human poop, a good layer of newspaper(most newspaper use soy ink, dont use glossy pages they have toxic ink in them), a gigantic layer of compost and I topped it off with some wood chips(its hard to find seedless straw in the city). This way the sheet mulch kills everything underneath it while loving it. You then plant your plants by slashing a X into the newspaper and folding it in underneath itself. Everyone will love you for doing this.
Those grey buckets are filled with free compost from the NYC Give Back events.
Im using keyhole beds to maximize the little space i have.
Plants were ordered from the following nurseries. 1-4. had the most awesome healthy plants to 5. had mediocre but a wide selection:
Got a permaculture certificate in 06 in MA. decided to try out what I learned back home in NYC.
Site: Lawn in Queens, ny in early March 2007. This is where I will plant a Edible Forest Garden also known as a Food Forest. I have a very limited space, 20x30ft with path and I have to be sort of considerate of my neighbors. In order for it be a forest garden though I will need different levels so a tree, shrubs and various ground cover layers. This form of gardening I believe is the most sustainable and is a form of no till and is low maintenance and theoretically can grow totally independently in 10 years.
Keyhole beds and a swale that will catch some path rain runoff.