I had some friends over yesterday that I knew when I was in Sydney. They had been looking at my posts on facebook and when they were in Brisbane, wanted to come out and see what I've been up to. As we walked around the property, we chatted about what I was trying to do and how much our food bill had gone down already. When we got to the food forest, more for the mulberries than for anything else, my friend said "so you're here for the long haul." She was right. The food that will be available to us in five years will be very different to what we've got now. In the short term, its mostly the veggie patch that is feeding us, with a top up from the two citrus trees and the two mango trees that were already here when we arrived two and a half years ago. Since then, we've put in well over a hundred trees and shrubs, none of which (except the mulberries) have given us anything to eat....yet. But in five years, things will be completely different. We'll be able to add avocados, pecan nuts, macadamia nuts, peaches, pears, apricots, nectarine, plums, jack fruit, chocolate pudding fruit, jaboticaba, apples, chestnuts, figs and loads more citrus. But you do have to be patient. I've also been patiently working on layering my food forest with other edible shrubs and ground covers which are faster to yield, as well as herbs and flowering plants to attract the bees. So here are a few pics to show how things are progressing
The pear tree has sprung back to life now that winter is well and truly over (33 degrees here today by the way). I've got comfrey, cardamon, fruit salad sage and sweet potato planted nearby and you can see they are starting to take off as well.