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Gardens are fun and exciting. They grow lots of food if you know what you are doing. I would recommend that every home have some small area that gets plenty of sun and can grow some food.
Still, there is something near mystical about a growing fruit on trees in an urban setting in particular. That simple urban garden is impressive but if you are plucking peaches off of trees in your back yard that’s a show stopper.
These are basic permaculture principals that work in forests every day. There is no magic in the process it’s merely a matter of considering the right plants to surround your trees.
What on earth is a fruit tree guild?
Fruit Tree Guild
The idea of a fruit tree guild is to create a collection of trees that work in symbiosis with one another. In other words, these trees promote good health and food production while also repelling pests and keeping many of the bad things away.
This takes a bit of planning but its well worth it.
Benefits of a Fruit Tree Guild
Basic gardeners are in the business of adding things to the environment to have success in growing food. While people with the permaculture mentality use plants to management the environment and give it what it needs.
The fruit tree guild is very similar.
You should expect the following from your fruit tree guild
- pest repellents
- nitrogen fixers
Together these types of plants and trees will work together to create an environment that is hyper conducive with growing food year over year without exhausting the soil. It’s critical that we act on this method and take it seriously.
Growing row crops with store-bought fertilizer is not sustainable.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.