Homesteading for me anyway, is a never ending and constantly evolving process of learning, adapting and overcoming difficulties. While I am happy with my progress in the journey this far, I am constantly thinking about that next step and what I can improve and add to what I am doing. Even if I was on my own property, there would still be lots of tweaking and experimenting.
I have been enamored with food forests, permaculture and intercropping for a few years now and have been trying to figure out how to incorporate them in my push to sustainability and self sufficiency.
I also gained time to realize that a food forest, in it's most widely recognized form would not work for me because of the lack of rainfall, utilization of containers due to poor soil conditions and movability and input of irrigation systems. So I am modifying it and for the forest I am using dwarf fruit trees, dwarf cavendish bananas for the canopy level; boysenberries, blueberries and grapes for the mid level; strawberries, asparagus and herbs for the bottom level.
The raised beds ( a quick diy post on the construction will be coming this week) will be interplanted with complimentary vegetables and herbs in a hexagonal pattern to allow a larger number of plants than if I used traditional rows. The closer than normal spacings will also reduce weeds, conserve water and according to everything I've read less pests.
According to my yield estimates, I will have enough harvest for myself and to sell to the surplus to the local health food store that is buying my eggs. This will allow the garden to be financially self sufficient.
The spent vegetables and plants will be fed to the chickens and rabbits, their manure will be added to the compost, the compost will be added to the raised beds & containers continuing the goal of self sufficiency and sustainability
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