|Self heal filling the "Herb Circle" garden - which is a space where the trees form a circle. This area is where we currently live till the house is built|
|Butterfly weed & Black eyed Susan|
We planted the first of the food forests with things like golden currants, hazelnuts, walnuts, and about a dozen other varieties of nuts and fruit and native medicinal herbs. Even though it'll take years to build up the soil through composting and get important perennial plants and trees established, this year was an experiment and a good start. The bottom pasture has pathways mowed and the rest is gardens and wild areas. A plant that came up and hugs the gardens is a magnet for Japanese beetles. I'm trying to find it's name, but may have to wait till it blooms. There is no Japanese beetle damage in the garden just a few feet away. They are all on this mystery plant.
|Plant Japanese beetles LOVE|
Instead of rectangle panes of broken grass, the gardens are surrounded by a field of Queen Anne's lace, red and white clover, mullien, plantain, lemon sorrel, several types of thistle, comfrey, self-heal, butterfly weed, American bell flower, roses, elderberry, and many plants that haven't been identified yet.
|Bottom land with Queen Anne's Lace|
|Tomatoes, peppers, basil and okra in the first bed|
|Cabbage with red clover|
|Cabbage without clover about 15 feet away|
So with our first baby step towards perma-culture, I can see that it will only get better from here. I hope one day to have one of those wild, mixed-up gardens I've seen in photographs that are so lush, abundant, healthy and in balance.