Cedar Sanctuary – Garden, Nut Orchard & Food Forest Project

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This garden has five new beds about fifty feet long. Over the summer of 2020 Strawbales and Alder logs were laid on contour to build the edges of the garden beds. Garden Beds were then filled with pickup truck loads of manure, straw, leaves, and seaweed. Garlic was planted in the top beds Fall of 2020. The family nut orchard and fruit trees in the food forest were planted from January through March 2021. We planted around 80 Trees including 12 Apples, 31 Hazelnuts, 11 Chestnuts, 10 Mulberries, 8 Walnuts, 5 Figs, a couple of Plums, Peaches, and Pears. We also planted an understory of small berries such as white currants, Josta berries, raspberries, sea buckthorn, elderberry, and strawberries. We planted herbs such as comfrey, mugwort, lavender, sage, elecampane, valerian, calendula, borage, and phacelia as a supporting herbaceous layer for pollination, fertility, and pest protection.

Big thank you to all those who contributed to this project with physical labor moving materials and planting trees, including Steve, Jacob, Mango, Tovel, Vincent, Vera, Pete, Tanner, Kali, & Max. Thank you for the trees and seeds, Rod @ Chorus Frog, Jane Squier @ The Garden, Harry Burton @ Apple Luscious, Jan and Cleome @ Eco Reality, Moe @ Winged Heart, Milo Stuart @ HarvestFarm, Peter @ Tree Eater, Fraser @ Thimble Farms, Michael Nickels @ Seven Ravens. Thank you Bay for the Manure, Sarah for Haybales, and Gary from Mander Trucking for wood shavings. Thanks, Michael for sharing space on the land.

It takes a community to build resilient & abundant ecosystems for future generations. This is a good start.

Pictures of the Garden Install early Spring, March 2021

Photos of early March during tree planting before mulching the trees and planting out the gardens

We Picked Heirloom Apple Trees from Harry Burton
We built new, 50 Foot Garden Beds built over the winter
Hedge Row of Hazelnuts, Plums, Tayberries & Grapes.
No topsoil, no problem. Bud 118 Rootstock + Mycorrhizae for the win.
Super-Food Berry Bush, Sea Buckthorn var. Lord
Five Organic Garden Beds Installed with Natural Materials
Baby Mulberry & Violas breaking dormancy on ancient Cedar Stump
50 Yards of fir mulch for new garden & 80 Tree orchard

Pictures of the Garden April – May 2021

View from Bottom Edge. Garden Beds Planted and Driplines installed
View from Top Edge. Garlic Looks great early May
Potatoes, Mixed Greens, & Broccoli beds are looking great
Potatoes growing out of Hay bale Edge
Pear Tree with Golden Raspberries
Baby Mulberry growing in the Old Cedar stump looks healthy

Monarch Butterfly enjoying the Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber)
Onions, Chard, Kale, Arugula with Potatoes. Mulberries every 10 Feet

Pictures of the Garden June 2021

I’m excited to see how much you’ve grown
Enjoyable Garlic Harvest
Baby Mulberry Looks healthy with companion plants and deep mulch
Nursery with Elderberry, Sea Buckthorn, Lavender, Gotu Kola, Bacopa…
Violas, Phacelia and Calendula add color and mark the Mulberries
Sunflowers, Beans, Squash. Broccoli & Greens. Potatoes on Edge

In this heatwave, the plants love the deep mulch + driplines

Nigel Kay
I grow food, plant trees, maintain orchards, and design ecosystems that help families become healthier and happier.
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