STARTING FROM SCRATCH! How To Start A Food Forest Phase One

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47 comments for “STARTING FROM SCRATCH! How To Start A Food Forest Phase One

  1. Josh Lawson
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I'd be interested to see how you would handle a food forest in a shaded area. For instance if you weren't able to take down the Bradford Pear but still wanted to plant more than just lettuce, what would you plant? There are tall trees all along the eastern edge of our property, on the neighbors side so half our yard doesn't get sun until noon or later in the summer.

  2. Luke Jones
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Hello, You mentioned the problem of a tree not allowing enough light through to the other plants. But dont they say that a permicultural food forest is supposed to have a "canopy", mimicking the jungle, where the tall trees tower over the lower plants? Its seems to me that such a canopy would damage the growing of the ground crops.

  3. Tyler Gregory
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Use black plastic kill grass then till then lay down wood chips then plant

  4. SomewhatHonest
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    It doesn't frighten you that too much may be grown? Can you handle it? How do you keep up with harvests without losing your mind?? Thanks for your channel btw, you inspire action out of my interests in food Foresting

  5. leftfoot moreright
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    size? "probably a lot smaller than you thought". ah, yeah…

  6. Robert Webster
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    2nd year of my wood chip garden. First year was disappointing. Nothing really developed. Everything sprouted but only grew 3 inches then stopped. This year a bit better. So far zucchini and potatoes look good but leafy greens completely stunted once again. I have a planter next to my garden with just soil. The onions in the planter have exploded. The onions in the wood chips nothing happening. Any advice? I’ve heard it takes time. I’m a believer in the permaculture idea. Just miss having a regular tilled garden where everything actually grows.

  7. imogenbegins
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    New Subscriber. I already liked the channel; but the wood chip montage sealed the deal.

  8. Kathleen Stallings
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    That wild violet perfumes the air. It is nice to grow by windows.

  9. Patricia Rodriguez
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Hi, I have a quick question. Would it be ok to use Bark Much instead of wood chips? Thank so much for your advice 🙂

  10. fishmut
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Actually this video was very educational from start to finish so thank you.

  11. Doug Criss
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I really enjoyed your presentation. Just good info and hard work. Thanks.

  12. sreenath viswanath
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Can i do this method in a hill slope area?

  13. Kimberly Guimond
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Haha….I just got a load of wood chips from a local tree company and I was equally excited to cover my lawn. Some people post pictures of their kids on Facebook I post pictures of my pile of wood chips.

  14. earthlayers
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    wood chip montage

  15. Max N
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Just found your channel and quite glad I did. One suggestion… stop talking Jersey…. slow down…. 🙂

  16. AspiringVegan
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am


  17. The OmniscientOG of The Internet
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Very Professional, subscribed.

  18. Steven Feil
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I am sorry, there ARE wood chips that you do want to avoid.

    It is the LIGHT that you are restricting to the plants. Oxygen is VERY available in wood chips.

  19. TrollDragomir
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Heheh, I love how that hen is instantly looking for worms in the woodchip pile. Turns out that with proper composting you need no coops or chicken feed – they can survive off of worms, they are warm in the pile even in winter, and they supply a lot of amonnia with their poop.

  20. shuvanidev
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Violet leaves are edible – they are great in salads! Loved seeing how you actually started this. I am wanting to do this in my own backyard – thanks!

  21. Dont Worry About it
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    He talks 2x lol

  22. Jordana Paul
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Gidday James!..Very Inspiring to see your Amazing Food Forest!!…I myself am new at this Fruitful Endeavour…However, am an Olde Hand at the JOY of shifting 100s of cubic metres of that BROWN wheelbarrow….so satisfying to lay it ON.
    I noticed in your Montage that you were using a BROADMOUTH SHOVEL..I find this often difficult to do….have you tried the Technique of" TILTING the Wheelbarrow SIDE ON Against THE PILE (when there is Enough Height to the pile) and SCOOPING mulch downwards with a PITCHFORK" ???…I find this Super EASY to do…3 or 4 Quick Scoops..HAY PESTO..and you're off Trundling.
    Best Wishes,Geoff

  23. Jennings Ingram
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Violets are edible! Why get rid of them?

  24. Sheila Mchgee
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Great to watch! il go for a smaller scale but good tips and fun!

  25. Megan M
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I love your enthusiasm! There's nothing wrong with being excited about wood chips : )

  26. MrKevMan
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Put down a thick layer of newspaper down. No need to do any digging out of any weeds.

  27. Jon Syvertson
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    You may want to stay away from walnut wood chips

  28. Lao Tse
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    3:43 aaaaaand, he missed.

  29. Truth Seaker
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Hi there. This maybe a silly question but what type of wood chips do you use and where do you get them?

  30. TheMatron'sMilitia
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I kinda like the concept of weed replacement, inviting the largest variety of food bearing perenial and self sowing annual plants possible to outcompete weeds and create a living mulch. Anywhere you have a weed, you have a niche that could be filled by a species useful to you. The more roots and leaves per cubic foot, the more carbon and nitrogen being sequestered to your plot. Then again, I've never actually put this in practice, I have no land.

  31. TheMatron'sMilitia
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    How do you train your dog not to eat the chickens?

  32. JR West
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    James you and Tuck rock this fall I will be following in for teachings thanks for all your hard work and sharing it. PEACE!

  33. Thadeous Bella
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    One thing to keep in mind with wood chips is to make sure it has a lot of green material like leaves and needles mixed in. The more green the faster it will turn into beautiful compost from my experience. If there's not enough green in the mix then the wood chips will rob nitrogen from the soil to make up the difference. If you do a lot of gardening you probably know that green stuff has a lot of nitrogen in it while brown is mostly carbon. If the pile is just saw dust or mostly wood chips and no leaves, like you would find in woodchips made in the late fall or early spring, then the pile will take a long time to compost. Just like he pointed out in the video, if the pile gets hot then its got enough green stuff so it won't be a nitrogen sponge when you use it as a mulch.

  34. James C
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for in instruction. Good stuff.

  35. Robin Megran
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Saw that cute litte dog chase a chicken lol

  36. Happy Healthy Honest Human
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    You're awesome bro! 🙂 From an aspiring Food Forest enthusiast living in South Africa! Peace.

  37. Perry Holmes
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Mumford and sons!!! Getting ready to do the same thing in my property

  38. Taylor Daniel Sciff
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Bro your so awesome and to be cheerful of chips is to be a wise man wish these young kids knew this is WHAT being a real mans is about

  39. B RyeKen
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Thanks man you got me all fired up, peace.

  40. fluxotron
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    YOU SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT WOODCHIPS! YES!! thank you for your work and your high quality information.

  41. Armywife70
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    What about chemtrails?

  42. TheNightwalker247
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    great video. Love your way of explaining. Please just do not walk backwards while explaining something it is hard to watch

  43. Jesse Castro
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Dude James, coming across your videos today was a miracle. I just ate it all up. I've been racking my brain all winter on redesigning my backyard with the notion that everything I plant will be edible. After coming across your videos of your fabulous food Forest everything just feel into place, thank you so much. I haven't seen some of your really recent footage yet but if it hasn't been suggested or your not already doing it, I bet you would absolutely love having a few bee hives in your Forest. Thanks so much for your knowledge, integral speaking and teaching abilities and for being so gosh darn cute! Happy gardening and many good vibes to you and yours my friend.

  44. Nervjiggy
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    About how long would a foot of mulch last before a new layer?

  45. Karen Marquez
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    What area of Jersey are you in?

  46. Just Mike Andres
    July 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Love the video awesome food forest

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