As promised, here is a video tour of The Great South Florida Food Forest Project:
It’s interesting to see how various escaped ornamental plants and weeds have taken over the ground cover layer in this system. Mother-in-law tongue, ferns, wandering Jew, etc. They made their way in and found a niche. Since they’re doing good work keeping the ground moist and fertile, why not? Nature finds a way.
I really like the way Dad edged out this little patch of food forest with landscape logs and block. He never could stand anarchy and had a way of pulling order from disorder.
And speaking of that – wow – the soil! Years of chop-and-drop have transformed sand into rich earth.
I’ll have more footage from South Florida tomorrow.
Another excellent video, David. It is nice to see that this project that you and your dad worked on is looking so good. The house and yard are very similar to mine (small lot and bland Florida sand) so it is nice to see how quickly the transformation can be done. Slowly I am working on improving my soil and getting perennials planted.
David, great video! Awesome way to celebrate your dad by showing us what you guys worked on together.
Did you ever use the broadfork at your folks’ house? I’ve got a backyard similar (only smaller), and it has about 2-3 inches of topsoil, and the rest is horribly sandy, rocky, limestone. I have considered using a broadfork and then chopping-and-dropping (once I get some good nitrogen fixers).
Thanks for sharing this with us, David.