Currently in our food forest we have perennial herbs, citrus trees, scuppernongs, persimmon, goji berry, olives, figs, viking berry, falsa berry, blueberry, bay laurel, and mayhaw. We have planted 8 lbs of ginger seed and 2 lbs of turmeric seed, which should sprout once the weather warms up. We have planted a number of flowering trees, bushes and vines and keep our fields naturally full of wildflowers for the bees.
We have avocado, maypop, mulberry, banana, dragon fruit, more goji berries, hardi kiwi, thornless blackberry and rare sweet potatoes which should be ready to plant sometime in the next three months. The tropical plants may have to live in the greenhouse, which will be it’s own tropical food forest. As the weather warms up we also have clover, bee balm, and other bee friendly and edible plants to establish.
Future plans include pecan trees, apple trees, pear trees, peach trees, strawberries, goumi, a “tea” garden and basically anything that will grow in our Southern climate. We are mostly finished building the greenhouse (purchased from Growers Solution) over the recently drained pool, and will be ready to start our seeds in a protected environment. We have also just placed our two top bar hives out as bait hives and hope to catch some freebees this spring or summer.
We bought most of our trees locally from the flea market and local nurseries or from the Arbor Day Foundation. We ordered many of our plants from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co, where we also ordered some of the more rare seed types we are planting this year. We also purchase seeds from Sustainable Seed Co., Native Seeds, and Outside Pride.