Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Want a FAST food forest? Try this!

Behold my epic seed mix!

That's right boys and girls - I mixed roughly 1.5 trillion different types of seed together!

Then I packaged it in my secret patented way:

That bag actually SEALS AT THE TOP, holding in the (Potential) Food Forest Freshness!

I'm a fan of cover crops but now I've gone all out.

Here's what I'm doing to add more biomass/food forest plants quickly:

1. Let the chickens tear up a piece of ground for a few days in their tractor

2. Tear up the ground a bit with a broadfork

3. Toss handfuls of seeds

4. Throw down some loose straw

5. Water for a few weeks and watch the magic

So what's in this mix? There are so many things I've forgotten the complete recipe, but I can tell you it includes:

Mung beans
Pinto beans
Pigeon peas
Wildflower mix
Moth beans
Black beans
Southern peas
Castor beans
Morning glory
Velvet beans
Kebarika beans
Tickseed coreopsis
Asjwan (whatever that is... got it from an Indian market!)

...and lots more. After a week, lots of stuff starts coming up:

Look at that beautiful mess! Can't wait to see what madness happens next.

If you have lots of seeds and a sprinkler, you can do this. You're guaranteed to get something cool.

I keep adding seeds to a big bowl on the counter, then throwing more out on a patch every week or so, then adding more...

Half of these seeds came from bags at the Oriental store or from the bulk bins at the local organic market.

Anarchy at its finest.


At April 14, 2015 at 7:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

But is it all edible? How do you identify what you are about to eat? Marigold? Morning glory? Edible?? Don't peas need a trelis?

At April 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

Another trail blazing idea man! Hope to see pics of the major greenery once its going full till!

At April 14, 2015 at 2:06 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

No, it's not all edible. A lot of them are just there to build the soil and add pollinator insects to the yard. Peas will creep along the ground and still yield some pods. As for identification, you get good at it after a while.

At April 14, 2015 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Walmart carries some ultra-cheap seed packs (like 20¢ each). I'm gonna have to try this.

At April 17, 2015 at 9:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool. Have also seen where people make seed balls and throw them into vacant lots.

At April 18, 2015 at 12:43 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Oh heck yeah. There are spots of wildflowers here and there in my county that may or may not have been planted in that very manner via seed balls that may or may not have been chucked out of the window of my van.

At July 24, 2022 at 6:41 AM , Anonymous Shannon said...

Good readiing this post


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