Food Forests NZ

Food forests and forest gardens are promoted through permaculture . This forum is for those who are growing or would like to grow one in their property.

Location: Riverton
Members: 157
Latest Activity: Oct 1, 2020

Click on Robyns icon to see pictures of her Southland Food forest.
Finally our 'Welcome to the Food Forest' 8 minute movie can be watched on line. It is a great introduction to permaculture and our Centre. [[]]

Filmed autumn 2016  - 8 minutes of our forest garden this season

Filmed spring 2016 - 20 minutes of our forest garden with some great drone footage

Discussion Forum

Cow Parsley 1 Reply

Hello everyone,  I live and grow in Taumarunui and was wondering if anyone knew where to get cow parsley seeds.  I have scrolled through sites that I thought may have them but I guess they class it…Continue

Started by Rosemary. Last reply by Kali Aug 15, 2019.

Barrier plants. 4 Replies

I've been looking at barrier plants, with the idea of 'fencing' off our future food forest area from kikuyu invasion.Came across Vetiver (…Continue

Started by Nathan Rushton. Last reply by Andy Oct 4, 2015.

Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants 9 Replies

Hi all, Having been exposed to  the world of food forests ( friend has a Geoff Lawton dvd).   I  had a "light bulb" moment  and down this merry path my feet carry me. Our  land  was stripped of …Continue

Started by John Park. Last reply by Nick Rountree Sep 9, 2015.

Perennial vegetables 16 Replies

Hi food forest fans,I thought it would be useful if we created a list of perennial vegetables that would be suitable additions to food forests. It seems one of the benefits of food forests is that…Continue

Started by Wayne Erb. Last reply by Anna Robinson Jul 6, 2015.

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Comment by Andy on June 13, 2012 at 8:33pm

if you post your complete plant list, It will be easier to recommend you something. Any hints to your micro climate situation would also help. And maybe your water situation.

Comment by Debs Butterfield on June 13, 2012 at 8:18pm

Hi- I have an approx 2 acre block here in the Wairarapa that I have largely planted out with mostly fruit and nut trees..I have a range of understory plantings (artichokes (globe and jerusalem), comfrey, berries etc, plus some natives -but still have large areas of very strong grass growth. My plan this year is to fill in with possibly acacias (for the quick growing and flowering)..any thoughts?? Thanks, Debs

Comment by Christy Ralphs on June 10, 2012 at 8:55pm

Hi fellow food forest enthusiasts - I've just posted a wee update with pics on mine on my blog:

Comment by Tim on March 15, 2012 at 8:33am

I just loved the video Robyn!  Very inspiring.. Thank you

Comment by Robyn Guyton on March 15, 2012 at 4:51am

Finally our 'Welcome to the Food Forest' 8 minute movie can be watched on line.  [[]]

Comment by Robyn Guyton on January 14, 2012 at 9:00am

Our food forest survived the Southland drought very well.  We found the forest system handled our lowest rainfall ever-  about 15mm over 6 weeks.  The semi shade conditions through out the forest kept everything green  compared with our raised beds area which needed constant watering (these do well however to extend our growing season in wet cold conditions early and late in the season)  Everywhere in our area  were brown parched lawns and paddocks!

The only real difference is that the berries have been smaller in size this year but after the last 24 hours rain 37mm they will swell up.

Comment by Robyn Guyton on January 4, 2012 at 7:10am

Thanks Peter will try it and let you know.

We had the loan of a large plastic glaring sitting owl.  We placed it guarding a currant bush to no avail...the birds used it as a look out perch between raids!

Comment by Peter Riches on December 29, 2011 at 7:54am

@Robyn Guyton: My lovely wife gave me Dick & James Strawbridge's "Practical Self Sufficiency" for Christmas, and in it they recommend hanging up clear plastic drinks bottles with flaps cut out of the sides and extended to resemble wings. (I haven't had the opportunity to try it myself.)

Comment by Robyn Guyton on December 29, 2011 at 7:43am

Tough times when there is not rain for days, not for the plants as they are naturally shaded and well mulched, but the berries that we had hoped to be harvesting.  All that are un-netted this year are being gobbled up by birds probably because they need fluids.  Normally our black currents and raspberries are largely ignored and the red currants are the only ones we need to net in December.  Besides netting any other suggestions?  Tried hanging old data CD's , tin cans with strings that can be pulled from the house...any other suggestions?

Comment by Christy Ralphs on December 10, 2011 at 3:56pm

Hi folks, thought I'd share some photos from a recent 'chop and drop' that I did on a small part of my fledgling food forest - this is around some feijoas that have been planted on one edge as a wind break. See if you can 'spot the difference'!

View 1 - before

View 1 - after

View 2 - before

View 2 - after

And finally -  a harvest from the food forest yesterday, elderflowers and lemons to make some cordial, some of the last grapefruit, and bananas - our very first so extra special.


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