edible forest gardening 101


#Edible Forest Gardening 101: Exponentially Multiplying Your Bounty

They may not look like much right now, but these 53 raspberry canes were grown from just 5 cuttings I received from a relative last year.

I’ve replanted them in a row, and the unrooted ones should strike over winter. With plants like raspberries and currants (also pictured), growing a new plant is as easy as sticking a pruned branch in the soil, and waiting. The failure rate is almost nil. I’ve mulched the area around them with dried grass, and I will cover the area in shredded leaf mould.

What looks like a row of sticks now will be a dense, 1.5 metre tall hedge of fruiting plants by next spring.

This particular variety fruits on “new wood,” so I can cut the plants down every year, and use the biomass as “chop and drop” mulch to improve soil nutrition for other plants.

#edible landscaping #cloning #propagation

Elderberry trees (Sambucus nigra), staked with coppiced hazelnut (Corylus avellana) branches.

These plants were grown from metre-tall cuttings, taken from four different trees located in the local wetlands. I am trying to train them to be trees instead of shrubs, because they are surrounded by various ribes species, which are intended to be the understory layer. As such, I have pruned away any basal shoots or branches the Elders have thrown my way.

They are situated in a corner of the garden I call “berryland,” which deserves a writeup of it’s own in the #Edible Forest Gardening 101 series. I haven’t even begun to cover it on this blog, because it is a work in progress.