Yet again – but hopefully this time for keeps – I am planting a food forest.
We were able to get some of our plants from the old property, plus some new trees, and now we’re putting them in the ground. You can see the new food forest planting in the new video I did on planting sugar cane:
Today we have about 20 more stalks of cane to plant, plus a good bit of cassava – which we’ll plant in the ground now to see if it’ll sprout in the spring – plus lots of various roots, such as ginger, yams and more. I also have some banana pups I need to do something with, plus six citrus trees, plus 10 bare-root muscadine vines from Ison’s Nursery.
I have a lot to be thankful for. This time I actually own my land, so I should be able to keep this food forest until I die, Lord willing.
These are very uncertain times and having a long-term source of food is vital. Plus, I like the idea of this homestead maybe becoming a botanical garden in twenty years or so. Perhaps families will take tours through here long after I’m gone!
Guess I need to plant some Monkey Puzzle trees that will fruit after I’ve left this realm. The plums I set as the photo for this post are from my old food forest in North Florida. I must do it again!
You sound pretty busy.
Still bringing the bagels!
Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
No cane, no gain.
I’ve tried planting cassava around this time of year here in 9a Florida (when I cut it down.) What happened to me is that it started sprouting in December/January when we got a few weeks of warm weather. Then it got knocked down by a few cold fronts. By the time the cold was over it had rotted. That doesn’t mean it won’t work, thats just what happened to me. I’m going to try the Brazil method.
Yes, I could see that happening. Dry weather seems to be best for overwintering. I was very unhappy to discover a bunch of canes I’d buried in a trashcan destroyed by spring. We had a very wet winter and they simply rotted.