FOOD forest WITH SWALES ESTABLISHMENT PROTOCOL (FALL PLANTING)
Welcome, on this page you’ll find the food forest establishment protocol that’s specifically developed for a scenario where you want a food forest with swales and plant everything in the fall.
The protocol consists of nine tasks executed in this order: 1) Plan the food forest, 2) Define a layout, 3) Site clearing, 4) Test the soil, 5) Site survey, 6) Install swales, 7) Summer cover cropping, 8) Bare Root planting, and 9) Mulching (killing off the cover crops)
How to make a selection of desirable trees and shrubs for your food forest.
How to choose an appropriate layout for your food forest.
How to do site clearing and remove the existing vegetation.
How to test your soil with just the basic accessories so that you know how to design your swales and earthworks in general.
How to survey your site with both low-tech and high-tech tools so that you can accurately mark the swale outline on the site
How to plan, install and maintain your swales so that you can supply all the water that your food forest will ever need.