Gordon Haverland wrote:I think the margin is a good place for flowering trees, for berries and maybe herbs.
Gordon Haverland wrote:
I never looked at how one develops a windbreak where the winds are so strong to begin with.
Gordon Haverland wrote:I have no answer for someone who can't visit the field occasionally to remove fallen trees or deal with broken limbs.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I have a number of "no planting zones" in my fields. A few of them are associated with rocky soil, but for the most part, if I abandon parts of my fields, it is due to trees (outside the field) out-competing my crops. When I'm evaluating a new field, I won't choose to use a field surrounded by trees. I'd much rather have a barbed wire fence as a neighbor than a hedge. Cause I know that the hedge will be detrimental to my crops.
There might be reasons to grow in a field with hedges or trees, but productivity isn't one of them.
I love my food forests. I don't try to use them for growing annual vegetables.