Sunday, October 20 marked the second half of our food forest installation. About 20 lovely volunteers gathered from 10am-2pm to help plant the “bones” of the food forest, top up the poplar bark mulch and trim a few straggly cardboard edges off the sheet mulch.
Much of what we planted was donated, thank you! These included Saskatoon berries, paw paws, blueberries, winter savoury and other herbs, haskaps, everbearing strawberries, alpine strawberries, purple asparagus, black currants, wolf willow, red osier dogwoods, sweet fern, lavender, and garden rue. We will be accepting donations of more plants (if you can believe it!) to be put in come spring. Scroll to the end of this post for a list of what we are hoping for!
Hot, mulled MacIntosh Apple Cider (collected by our amazing Fruit Tree Project) and organic spelt linzer torte from the farmers’ market kept folks fuelled through all the good work. Many thanks for Jenica for for organizing the refreshments table and for keeping spirits up during the event!
This fall the RDCO will be installing an English style cedar fence, and the design for a pergola will be completed.
Spring 2014 will see us installing the pergola, and getting more bulbs, herbs and plants to attract beneficial insects into the ground. Plums and hardy pecan will also be planted, as well as hardy kiwis which will be trained along wires in the pergola.
Our Plant Wishlist:
Chives, garlic chives
Astragalus (Milkvetch- Astragalus glycyphyllos)
Blue false indigo