I've been doing quite a lot of work in the garden the last few days. It makes a nice change from far too much time in front of the computer or at meetings but at the end of the day it leaves me very tired.
I spent this morning taking tree's out of the Unitec food forest. There food forest at 8 years old is a good example of how quickly you can turn a field into forest using permacultural techniques but there are quite a few issues with the way they set the food forest up. Basically they planted heaps of support trees like tagasaste and wattle but not enough fruit trees. Because the soil at Unitec is awesome I think they should have put in less nitrogen fixers and coppice species and more fruit trees. As well they havnt been doing much ongoing maintainence such as pruning to allow light to fall on the fruit trees they have planted. So this morning I went round creating light wells for fruit trees and opening the canopy up so more light gets into the food forest. I will take my camera when I go there next week and get some pictures.
The other things I have been working away at are a plan to build raised bed gardens for a complex of state houses, a plan to put in a food forest at a friends lifestyle block and starting up a company for the work I am being offered. More details about all of these when I have more time.