Building a Mini Food Forest in a Small Area. Ours is On A Fence (Year 1)

What Did We Do?

When we moved in, this area had conifers that covered half way across the garage, that were taller than the bungalow next door and were cut back so much on neighbours side they had browning leaves at the bottom.

Google street view shows the trees maybe about 10yrs ago. This is the only other picture I have from the listing, they were at least 20ft tall and easily 8ft wide in such a small space

How Did We Do It?

We decided to have them removed and put up a fence instead. Having them removed left stumps so to cover these we made raised beds to plant in.

21meters long of fencing

We decided on making them out of metal corrugated roofing sheets. Which gave us the flexibility of length and were the perfect high and didn’t cost anywhere near as much as sleepers due to the height we wanted them at.

Making them in the house with roof sheets and some decking for support
The posts were concreted into the ground. In hind sight I would have the middle wood longer to concrete in too. But it is fine and still standing 2yrs later
Solar lights up

What Did We Plant?

Fruit trees & nut trees and fruit bushes were put in here, rhubarb and Strawberries in hanging baskets. This area gets the sun in the morning and late afternoon as it passes back around the house so is a perfect location for these.

Sprinkling of fine wood chips/saw dust to keep the slugs away

In this area from left to right is

1. Blueberry ( 3. Shrub Layer)

2. Hazel ( 2. Sub-Canopy or Large Shrub Layer)

3. Rhubarb ( 3. Shrub Layer)

4. Dwarf Plum ( 2. Sub-Canopy or Large Shrub Layer)

5. Rhubarb ( 3. Shrub Layer)

5. Hazel ( 2. Sub-Canopy or Large Shrub Layer)

6. Blueberry ( 3. Shrub Layer)

7. Dwarf Apple ( 2. Sub-Canopy or Large Shrub Layer)

8. Blueberry ( 3. Shrub Layer)

9. Hazel ( 2. Sub-Canopy or Large Shrub Layer)

10. Blueberry ( 3. Shrub Layer)

Following year we added in chives and strawberries, these will be detailed in another blog

Chives (4. Herbaceous Layer)

Strawberries (5. Ground Cover Layer)


THIS BLOG COVERED:

Yr 1 – April 2019- April 2020

Look out for blog post for Yr 2 – April 2020- April 2021

Look out for blog post for Yr 3 – April 2021- April 2022


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