Design in cascades of harvest- Cold Hardy Food Forest update

There are always lessons to learn and observations to make. every time I go outside my forest teaches me something. Today I observed a cycle of tent caterpillars going to plan.

Another important thing in designing your food forest is to design in continuous cascades. Design in time. Do this for food but also flowers and herbs. Diversity is key here, not only in crops and flowers, but also in varieties of the same.

This ensures that insects always have forage, and that your harvest season is the entire growing season. Early season berries transitioning into midseason berries, into main season fruit, into fall season berries, fruit and veggies, into late season fruit and veg, and then finally into end of season soil building photosynthesis machines. Don’t forget this soil restoration cycle. This is something that I always need to improve on also.

But also work on that diversity for your pollinator and predator attracting plants. Diversity there is key also, because not only do you want to be eating all year long, so do they. And you want them here, on your land, not on someone else’s land.

Thanks for watching and happy gardening.
The growing season is only so long. Enjoy every moment because we’re covered in ice again. Tick tock.


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