See also this post by Alan Carter: https://scottishforestgarden.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/while-the-gardeners-away/
I consider these two to be the most refined forest gardeners, so it’s no wonder their gardens would fare so well in their absence.
I would like to suggest that such longevity of a system’s order runs almost parallel with its day to day efficiency. Careful choice of plants that complement each other and exclude invasive species are a big part of that.
See also this post about Robert Hart’s garden after his absence: https://mortaltree.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/robert-harts-forest-garden/?preview=true&preview_id=1473&preview_nonce=4498168c75
It has been a while since I posted regular updates on this blog – I have been poorly for some months, but am on the mend now. It has also meant that I have not been able to spend much time in the garden. What time and energy I did have went largely on growing plants in pots for Shrewsbury Flower Show – for me this was a very much harder proposition than growing them in the ground.
So over the summer the garden has pretty much looked after itself. I have been able to harvest lots of goodies recently – skirret, root parsley, root chicory, Jerusalem artichoke, kales, leaf beet, chard. The perennials were already in the garden and the annuals sown early before I was ill.
It has been gratifying to see how the garden has fared well with the very least of attention:
Radish (on the left), which…
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