Planning a Fruit Tree Guild

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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.

Planning a Fruit Tree Guild - Gardens are fun and exciting. They grow lots of food if you know what you are doing.

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

  • pollinators
  • pest repellents
  • mulchers
  • accumulators 
  • 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. 

Planning a Fruit Tree Guild - Gardens are fun and exciting. They grow lots of food if you know what you are doing.

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