Plant of the Month: Bird House Gourds

Bird House Gourds are growing like crazy at the Food Forest.  They are also known as Calabash, or Bottle Gourds.  Each of these flowers-- Should produce one of these gourds-- Wouldn't you love to hang a Bird House Gourd in your back yard? When they are ready this fall, harvest one and put it in... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Oaks Find a New Home–a photo story

This beautiful wood came from two oaks (one white oak and one Northern Red Oak) on longtime Mount Rainier resident Mark Grisar's property.  They fell victim, as did an alarming number of oaks in our region, to the deluge then drought of last spring and summer.  These two large, old oaks had witnessed more than... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

What’s Going on at 31st St?

A group of Mount Rainier residents has begun to transform the city-managed 31st St park from a mostly vacant lot into a beautiful, biodiverse food forest that will feed the city's residents and wildlife for decades to come. Everything being planted provides food for birds, pollinators, or humans. The plantings use a permaculture practice where beds... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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