With the long summer heat wave this year, plus crazy short T-storms in between that only brings humidity but not enough rain water, our garden is still covered with all sort of plants - including weeds! At least it is not brown and bare...and every plants acts as protection for the microbes in the soil and garden insects. It also form some needed shades for us too:) We have a forest garden.
|our forest garden|
Forest garden is diverse planting of different layers of canopy trees, shrubs and layers of understory plants. It's a mixture of everything edibles both for humans and the ecology. With all sorts of plant variation in one place, it could look beautiful - or to others untidy. But remember tidiness in the garden costs a lot of energy...of which is not necessary.
|underneath fruit trees are other beneficial shrubs|
We plant trees and surrounding it we also planted shrubs, herbs and ground cover plants - all useful species - edible or for medicinal purpose. There's plants for pollinator to up the garden's productivity. There's nitrogen fixer plants for the health of our soil, and we plant plants for structure as well.
|this is an earlier photo around May...it was already looking chaotic...months on - worse!|
|plants are all happy crowding each other...to the benefit of the garden friends|
We have been having peaches to eat on daily basis. The figs are ready next. Then, the grapes, pear, apples, and last, the quince. They ripen in stages according to their variety till almost to the end of the year! We planted a few more variety of other fruit trees, the last couple of years.... they will eventually add to the fruitfulness of our garden later on.
|on closer look.... this is just one of our happy garden friend:)|
Wishing you a good week:)