We are now extending the food forest to our lower terraces. We are planting the edges of our terraces with citronella, lemongrass, pineapple, sesbania grandiflora (edible flowers and young leaves), leaucaena, pidgeon pea, tephrosia (fish bean), turmeric, ginger, and galangal in an alley-cropping system (planting in a row on contour to create edges and prevent erosion).
Citronella, Sesbania and Mango
In the middle of our terraces we are planting mango, lychee, longan, tamarind, noni, burmese grape, cha-om (in the acacia family, edible leguminous leaves), guava, mulberry and indian jujube.
Our groundcovers include sweet potato, peanut, laab laab bean, cow pea, and sunn hemp.
We are planting lots of leucaena leucephala and cha-om for ‘chop n’ drop’ Nitrogen-fixing mulch plants.
All of these different elements – the groundcovers, chop n drops, vines, shrubs, rhizomes, and trees will grow up alongside one another to create a vibrant, thriving food forest system.