August 3, 2022

Earthwork - noun

Definition: A group of soil and water conservation structures, generally constructed with soil, stones, or other locally available materials, to slow or stop runoff and soil erosion.

Earthworks in the Forest Garden:

Earthworks come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to Forest Gardens. So many factors can influence which technique is best for a particular parcel or purpose. Forest Gardeners are also aware that even though these techniques can be very effective, they require a lot of work, so it is important to pick the best applications. For that reason, most Forest Gardeners will initially apply earthworks around the higher value crops in their permagarden and around their fruit trees. With good planning, farmers can add more earthworks to the Forest Garden over time.  

This month, we are taking a closer look at some of the most popular earthwork techniques being used across Forest Gardens. Stay tuned for more!

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