My wife just found a photo of our front yard from when we first bought our house in 2010… so today I’m going to share a food forest before and after!
Here’s the before:
And the after:
Here’s a shot from 2012 from beside the front door:
And here’s a shot from a few days ago:
Here’s another shot from 2012:
And a follow up from last week:
That’s only three years from one shot to the next. Ah, Florida!
In that shot there are tangerines… figs… root beer plant… cassava… apple… pawpaws… sumac… loquat… malanga… arrowroot…. Japanese raisin tree… there’s a lot of food packed in just that little piece of the food forest.
Now here’s another food forest before and after – the first shot was a little after we moved in:
And here’s the same area now:
Simpson stoppers, mulberry, plums, peach, arrowroot, sweet potatoes, goumi berries and lots more live there… much better than grass.
My food forest philosophy and helpful species lists are in my short book Create Your Own Florida Food Forest, available in both paperback and kindle version on Amazon. I’ve also recently released it as an audiobook – you can get that version here.
If you missed the food forest tour I posted last week, here it is again:
This food forest and home are now for sale, so contact me if you’re interested in an acre of productive paradise. I’m going to post more photos soon!
Curious, any plans on putting out a food forest book for those of us in colder climes? I’m looking at 10 acres in eastern oklahoma, and really liked your compost book. So much of the permaculture material I’ve seen so far is for subtropics, and those of us further north are left out in the cold!
I like to have personally experienced growing in a climate before I recommend too much. That said, I can recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1900322625/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1900322625&linkCode=as2&tag=florisurvigar-20&linkId=5ZGV5FM6M76K42TW
Grab that. Also, I would get this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160358370X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=160358370X&linkCode=as2&tag=florisurvigar-20&linkId=XLECXTVGR7K6GAIZ
So much growth, and what a great idea! I’m going to post some before and after photos too. People really should know how quickly these forests can be planted and start producing food.
With determination, mulch and a lot of plants… you really can make a huge difference. And it’s just coming into productivity!
I just bought your Florida Food Forest book and highly recommend it!
I just saw this comment. Thank you crafty_cristy – I appreciate it!
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