Vegetables in the forest garden
Another strange technique I
began last year, but which seems to work well, is mixing annual
vegetables into the forest garden. My trees are still quite
young, so there are plenty of patches of full sun, and the vegetables give
me an incentive to drop by the forest garden every week rather than ignoring it
until the busy summer vegetable garden passes by.
Like my haphazard
vegetables in with fruit trees is very theoretical at the moment, but
the technique doesn't seem to be hurting anything. I started out
the summer by filling every gap with tomatoes and butternut squashes,
then I added in cabbage and broccoli as the squash began to decline,
and I finished up the year by seeding oilseed radishes around the base
of tomatoes coming to the end of their lifespan.
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