Saturday, 22 March 2014 by Obiora Embry
I spray painted 11 or 12 tobacco sticks with yellow paint. I put them on the perimeter of the forest garden. I added to these tobacco sticks and a few others orange construction ribbon. This ribbon was also added to the two tobacco sticks marking the pathway to the forest garden.
I clear cut more of the grass on the sides of the pathway and within the forest garden. I found what I think are apple trees near the compost pile. I cleared the grass around them and put a large branch in the ground to mark the location.
I found a temporary location in‐between 2 evergreen trees for the Mason bee hive. It’s on the southern end.
I noticed the deer had done damage to all of the fruit trees, especially the apples. I did see one of the trees that had been planted was uprooted as well 3 of the daffodils planted in November. However, I forget to get a shovel to re‐ plant them. This will have to be done in April.
Some of the wood (branches and twigs) and clear cut grass have started to decompose but it will be sometime before all of them have returned to the Earth. Lorenzo let me know that he has a friend who owns a wood mill so we can get some sawdust and/or mulch from him to add to the forest garden to increase the amount of fungi in the soil.
He also mentioned that the brush pile closest to the forest garden can be moved further north. I think that some fast growing cover crops could be planted to help with revitalizing the soil in the forest garden and also in the north. We can also add native flora to the area to add to the existing biodiversity and compete with the grass.