Cedar Sanctuary – Garden, Nut Orchard & Food Forest Project
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