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yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 10 8:33 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

And we're all ( humans and dog) booked in to stay at the wonderful Sea Trout Inn so there's a yummy supper to look forward too as well - OH said their cod and chips was the best he'd eaten in many a long year. Smoked aubergine and hummous with mango and beansprout salad were yummy starters too

Looking forward to this

cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
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Location: South West Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
... at first glance it's rampant chaos, then you slow your eye down and its like agricultural poetry.


Did you take any photos and if so, do they do it justice? I took loads of photos but I've been loath to post them a) because in the photos it does look like chaos b) I can't remember all the plant names, despite taking copious notes and c) I don't think my photos do the garden and concept justice and I don't want to put people off forest gardening. I imagine yours are better being a professional and all .

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
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Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are the buttercups a problem for the forest garden or just a nuisance ground cover?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just no useful purpose

Res



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Just no useful purpose


OK so we can live with it just being a nuisance then

Res



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

After saying I had no funds for any purchases at the moment, I have since made an impulse buy on my credit card I was "just looking" around at my local GC to see what they had available in the way of fruits bushes, trees etc when amongst the peaches trees who were all suffering from peach curl I spied a georgious pristene Nectrene tree, complete with baby fruits! I was sooo gobsmacked at the fact that I had previously read Nectrines were hardier to fruit than peaches and here it was out performing all around. So I just "had to have" such a plucky reble called White Star!

Its now safely installed in my back garden after I nearly broke off a branch having fell off the trampolene

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In a container? Likely grown in "ideal" conditions in a Dutch nursery. Life's different out in the wild.

Woodburner



Joined: 28 Apr 2006
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Res wrote:
tahir wrote:
Just no useful purpose


OK so we can live with it just being a nuisance then


It's a bit worse than that if you have grazing animals. Looking for more info on pfaf, it seems it might be ok in properly dried hay though.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cassy wrote:


Did you take any photos and if so, do they do it justice? I took loads of photos but I've been loath to post them a) because in the photos it does look like chaos b) I can't remember all the plant names, despite taking copious notes and c) I don't think my photos do the garden and concept justice and I don't want to put people off forest gardening. I imagine yours are better being a professional and all .


I did take just a few for visual notebook reasons but really wanted to concentrate on what was being said - the idea of having a chance to take more was part of the reason for booking on the course. Easier if I can go outside of group time, early morning if I could.
Also, missing usb cables seems to be a Somerset thing today - and I've got millions of cables to look through to find mine. Why don't they come in different colours?

I'm a lapsed pro though, I work making other peoples pictures the best they can be.

So did you take a course, too Cassy? Any advice?

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
In a container? Likely grown in "ideal" conditions in a Dutch nursery. Life's different out in the wild.


AH! somehow I am not reassured by this information

cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
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Location: South West Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
So did you take a course, too Cassy?


Unfortunately not. Only managed to attend a guided tour in 2008 by combining it with a visit to the in-laws. I still refer to the notes I took but the photos are next to useless as memory prompts or to show people who are new to forest gardening; they are all just a sea of lush greenness.

Have a great time when you go.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Just no useful purpose


except as an oxygen generator


see, I'm picking it up already

cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 10 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

For people who are too far away to visit, there are some photos of A.R.T. here from London Permaculture, to give you an idea of how it looks in reality.

Res



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 10 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cassy wrote:
For people who are too far away to visit, there are some photos of A.R.T. here from London Permaculture, to give you an idea of how it looks in reality.


This is fantastic! some really good pics and ideas, thanks Cassy

cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
Posts: 1047
Location: South West Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 10 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A Martin Crawford Forest Garden video on YouTube.

Also a sample from "A Forest Garden Year - Perennial crops for a changing climate" DVD here.

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