The Food Forest: 18 Months

October 2016–on the heels of an 8 month cross-country road trip (working on farms and homesteads in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and Oregon), I moved into a new home in Saint Petersburg, Florida and immediately set to work transforming the 1/4 acre lawn into an abundant Food Forest.

To date,  the following trees (and other perennials) are growing on the property:  Avocado, Macadamia Nut, 3 varieties of figs, Papaya,  Moringa, Strawberry Guava, Sapote, Everbearing Mulberry, Jack Fruit, Lemon, Peach, Fuzzy Kiwi, Olive, Longan,  Monstera Delciosa,  Blueberry, Thornless Blackberry, Surinam Cherry, Barbados Cherry, Bananas, Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Pigeon Pea, Screw pine, Pindo Palm, various herbs, tubers, and varieties of tropical spinach, nitrogen fixing ground covers, dynamic accumulators, and a 25 ft diameter keyhole bed for growing annual veggies.

There’s also a small flock of chickens which provide fresh eggs (and manure for the garden) daily.

Below, is a slideshow of the backyard as it was on the day I moved in.  Click here to view videos showing the progress that’s been made over the course of 18 months.

(If you’d like to do something similar to this on your own property, I am available for design consultation.)





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