I guess I’m still not fully over the great disappointment of returning home after the holiday period to find the entire area at the back of my property to have been bulldozed to the ground. My garden backs onto the main north-south railway line, but we are remote country with no development planned for that land. This strip of land had beautiful native trees planted along it that had stood there for around 28 years, 12 of which I have had the pleasure to enjoy. But, no more. Now I have a dustbowl on hot, dry days and a field of mud and standing water on hot, wet days. And after the recent rain weeds are springing up left, right and centre. The railways only mow the area every 3 months, so I hate to think of the weeds that are going to try to invade my property.
Over the last few years I have put a few trees into my garden as part of developing a small food forest. I will now have to add trees and shrubs just inside my back fence. Finding suitably tall and narrow trees that don’t have invasive roots to clog our septic system or invade our water bore will be a task.
Specifications: Back fence to house wall 680cm, Back fence to concrete path about 250cm.
Septic tank and associated underground pipes to leach field between concrete path and house.
Any and all thoughts appreciated.
my heart breaks for you
I didn’t understand your measurements to well. is it less than a meter from house wall to back fence ? 680 cm or did the auto correct change feet to centimeters ?
in such a small space its hard to plant a tree that will not cause damage. For those large expanses I see in your photographs with trees at the end, grow a new forest. Shubhendu Sharma https://www.greenidiom.com/afforestation.html grows speed forest in ten years, you can google him or read about him on my website above, or my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/131412607539886/ where there are lots of links. Deep work the soil, adding plenty of organics. Choose trees of different heights to have a four tiered forest, but plant all at once, or as close in time as possible to encourage the upthrust of competition. In 2 years it is supposed to be self sustaining, no more watering, weeding or compost needed. In ten years it overtakes the 100 year old forest.
I do not know your local plants but I encourage you study your forests a little and see what thrives, at all forest levels, pick seed, germinate and grow it on. It is slow but in time it will get there. This saves you cash for buying some trees that are already really big which are usually more expensive if you really want height and can’t wait ten years. I read about a young farmer in Canada who was growing free root trees, that sounds like a good idea apparently they grow uninterrupted by trans-plantings. I wish you well, it can be done, it can be fixed, and grieve not, but see it as a chance to learn skills to do some rehab which you can then expand and even turn into a career. They do this kind of thing in my zone too and they have caused desertification and drought that may cost lives from April onward. I’m from Cape Town. Lets research on the best rehabilitation movements and join them. Protest to the railway company. They may dismiss you but the consciousness will slowly deepen and change.You can start a movement in your area, you care. You took those photos of all the beauty which was there, and shared it with us.
The area at the back measures 6800mm/680cm from fence to back wall, that is 6.8 metres, so 20cm short of 7 metres . The space from back fence to paved path is only about 2500mm/250cm, or 2.5 metres (2 1/2 m) wide, so it is a very narrow strip. I like your idea of reafforestation though seeding the area. I’ve had a brief look at both links provided and will go back to them when I have more time available. Thank you for the links.
I’ve been researching plants, including indigenous, to support my developing food forest, so I am already halfway there with information and planning. I was unaware of the speed with which one can build a forest. I will be further looking into that as rapid development would be most useful considering my age. In 10 years I will be 70, so I’d like some time to enjoy it before someone else inherits it. You’ve given me a lot to think about, and you’ve definitely given me hope. Thank you.
Carol. I feel for you as well! I don’t know where you live but try researching some moringa trees. They are fast growing, grow great in the Ca desert as well as Las Vegas so heat is not a concern. The entire tree is edible, it is an immune booster & used for many medical problems. Friends who have the trees state it can grow to 6 feet in one year from seed. I am currently getting some seed to try treating my lupus as well as for a food forest I have just started. Good luck girl! If the weed seeds start showing up get a few gallons of white vinegar & a backpack sprayer!
Thank you Runes. I will look into Moringa, very useful tree and a permaculture staple for tropical climates. Six feet in one year, definitely to go on my planning list.
I’m in a tropical savannah climate, North Queensland. Distinct wet and dry season, with monsoonal rains concentrated over two to three months. Seasonal flooding occurs along the back fence area, so I’ll check out the short inundation tolerance of Moringa. There would be a couple of spots along the fence line that should be suitable.