The South Florida food forest keeps kicking!
I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a couple of weeks now. They were taken in mid-February and I’m sure everything looks even better now… but here goes.
First of all, this is the salad bed I posted on a few months ago:
As you can tell, it filled in nicely. In the foreground is a band of kale… and in the back are all perennial greens.
Next, here’s a shot of the food forest from the front:
There’s a lot going on in there and the native wildflowers have taken a liking to the undergrowth. Bees, wasps, butterflies, birds and reptiles have moved in rapidly and are enjoying the slice of paradise.
Here’s one of the other paths – notice the mango blooms to the right:
Moringa and papaya are silhouetted against a rainy sky:
The acerola cherry is looking bushy and healthy:
Again, here’s a view from another angle of the back food forest – how many species can you spot?
Papaya trees hug the wall:
Mangoes prepare to delight:
The tropical almond – which started as a seedling with two leaves – has grown by leaps and bounds:
Malanga and naranjilla exist in harmony:
Tomatoes climb the fence next to a baby Monstera.
More diversity than any other yard on the block:
The chocolate pudding fruit is even putting on some new growth. The tree was root-bound and chlorotic when we bought it… it’s a lot better now:
Altogether, this has been a most worthwhile project. Production is minimal at this point… but the bounty is on its way.
Plus, it’s a lot prettier than a regular, boring patch of grass.