Matu Collins wrote:How big is the orchard? On a small scale mulch paths are nice but on a large scale mowed paths are more efficient.
What is growing in between the trees now?
Our mowed paths between trees are mostly white clover, orchard grass, wild strawberry, yarrow and smooth bedstraw. Comfrey here and there. I have grapes growing up a couple of trees but it's not ideal.
Ann Torrence wrote:The DVD on Miracle Farms orchards can't come out fast enough for me. The trailer videos of this existing orchard converted to permaculture techniques will give you loads of ideas and inspiration of what is possible for your place. Here's the original thread
Ann Torrence wrote:The big answer about plant selection is, of course, "it depends." Are you in a humid or arid environment, what's your mom's spray regime, are you on irrigation and what kind? What's she doing with the fruit now?What secondary crops are interesting. And what markets do you have? Labor to pick? There's too many variables to say "do this." You could aim for a fodder forest to add livestock, a season-long bloom for honeybees, a medicinals garden, a u-pick, or a value-added jam-making crop. Or multiple from the chinese menu above.
Permaculture is a means to many ends, not an end in itself. What's your dream? Answer that and the decision tree gets narrowed rather quickly.