In this design we will be planting linear-food forests all along the downhill side of each of three hugelkultured swales. What is a hugelkultured swale?
While the tress and shrubs are in the early stages of growing (small) we will use the open space to grow some of our annual vegetables. We will also plant some nitrogen fixing ground covers and dynamic accumulators to help build the soil.
Open areas between the linear food forests allow for access to harvesting the crops, provides full sun penetration, and creates an area for our annual gardening or small animal grazing. The nutrients from animal droppings are washed into the hugelkultured swales which in tern soaks up the nutrients to fertilize the entire linear food forest.
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