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).

The first six steps are the same as in ‘Food Forest with Swales Establishment (Spring Planting) but instead of planting trees and shrubs immediately, you get to improve the soil with cover crops through the spring, summer and early fall months and then plant your bare root trees and shrubs during the dormancy period over late fall/winter the same year.

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.

How to grow summer cover crops.

How to plant bare root trees and shrubs.

How to mulch planted trees and shrubs.

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