I just got back from a week-long visit to South Florida… and that means it’s time for another update on the Great South Florida Food Forest Project!
It’s amazing how much can happen in a month. The cassava is at least a foot or two taller… the winged yams have emerged and are tumbling about… and the sand is turning into a rich, black soil exploding with earthworms. Dad has been piling on organic matter and the difference in soil inside the food forest plot is astounding. Look at this:
The sand on the left was taken from a path just outside where he’s been stacking biomass… the soil on the right is taken from just inside the log boundary at the edge of the food forest. I knew deep mulching was the key to creating rich earth in the tropics but I still find this transformation amazing. It’s taken months, not years, to convert light gray sand into soil. Sure, the black area is only about an inch deep right now – but that inch of soil would’ve taken years for a forest to build.
While in town, I added some new paths and expanded the forest boundaries by another eight feet on one side. Check out the new stepping stones: