Mulch Yet Again!

Join us this Saturday, August 1,  9:00-12:00.  Come for a little, come for a lot.  Spread mulch, move stumps, and/or re-stake and re-net trees and shrubs that are in need of that attention.  The photo below shows our original work; in some cases the plants have outgrown their enclosures, so we need to expand their …

Plant of the Month: Arapaho Thornless Blackberry

If you head to the Food Forest now, you will see blackberries -- not many, but it's the first season after all.  Our specimen comes from Edible Landscaping, located in Afton, Virginia, near Charlottesville. This is what they say about the Arapaho Thornless Blackberry: The outstanding characteristics of Arapaho are its thornless, erect, self supporting …

Fun with swales

Slowing the water Swales are designed to capture water when it rains. A swale slows the water so it doesn't rush off the property -- the water soaks evenly and deeply into the soil, where it can be used by trees and other plants. To create swales in our new food forest, we made raised …

Just getting started

This blog exists to document the installation and growth of the Mount Rainier, Maryland Community Food Forest, and help us as a community learn more about how we can participate and benefit from this project. The forest garden is being planned and installed through the volunteer efforts of local residents. We hope that in the …