One of the most sustainable, long term ways of getting food out of your yard is by developing a food forest. Starting a food forest can seem like a complex thing, but really once you have designed the main layout, you can continue to keep adding to your food forest over the coming months and years.
Designing a food forest from the ground up can be an overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable task at the beginning. Working out what plants are good food forest plants, and even understanding what exactly is a food forest.
I am not a fan of pesticides, but sometimes the aphids or whitefly get too overwhelming. In that instance, I reach for a batch of neem oil and garlic spray. This is a fabulous organic pest and bug spray.
So I decided to give tree grafting a try. We want to have lots of fruit trees as the basis of a food forest on our property. We have an area between 1/4-1/2 an acre to cover. Grafting fruit trees ourselves will literally save us thousands of dollars.
I thought we could do with a weekly update on what is going on around the homestead. This week has been a week of new arrivals. Very exciting!