Saturday was my first solo market manager shift at the Alachua County Farmer’s Market. Thankfully it was a slow day and everything went smoothly. When I was walking around chatting with the vendors, I realized that the only fruit tree guy there that day just happened to have all three of the trees I needed to complete my tree layer in my front yard mini food forest.
And they were on sale.
Needless to say, I headed home that day sharing the front seat with the canopies of three baby fruit trees: two kinds of Florida plum trees and one Fuyu persimmon.
Sunday afternoon we put them in the ground. This time instead of planting the trees in a pit of mushroom compost I mixed the compost with the soil from the hole. Hopefully this will give the roots a growth boost and keep them from just going round and round in the compost. I’ll be watering every day for the next few weeks at least, it’s so dry here.
I finally started Edible Forest Gardens. What if they said I was doing it all wrong? Well, so far… I’m doing okay. And the most intelligent thing I can do right now is to stop. Stop planting, stop buying plants. Just sit back, observe, read, study, and plan for spring. Winter is for pulling in and pondering.
So here’s what my little food forest looks like now.
I really want to measure each one and mark them on a doorway somewhere.