This fall September-November 2013 I will be collecting and planting a forest garden at the old dentist office, aka “BikeLife2”, aka my home. I have a lot of research to design the yard with plants appropriate for the area and then research good nurseries to mail order and visit.
In September and October will be traveling to Michigan and Tennessee to visit family and friends, and attend farming and permaculture workshops. I plan to pick up the right plants at greenhouses and permaculture nurseries along the way.
The plant list I need to research includes berries, animal fodder, coppice trees, bee fodder, peach tree, white mulberry, plum, apricot, cherry, apple, cotton wood, oak, jujube, dynamic accumulators, and nitrogen fixers.
Guilds are a way to organize plants that meet each others nutrient and physical structure needs. Guilds work in harmony instead of competition to survive and thrive. Midwest Permaculture put together this helpful guild descriptions.