Creating A 2.5-Acre Subtropical Food Forest In 14 Days

alright guys what’s growing on? So it’s
been… what… about a month? (yeah about a month) About a month since we finished
this project. I’ll tell you the weather has not been to our advantage
here. We had a couple of days of crazy rain… got soaked. Lots of wind. Yeah it
was like the wind out here was at a next level. We are at the tail
end of the Lake Wales Ridge. There’s just something about this area. It’s like a
wind tunnel, you know. So the combination of the rain & the cold air working in the
middle of December made it really tough to finish this video I’ve been trying to
get back here ever since. I’ll let Matt tell you guys a little bit about the
size of the site. (Matt Reece) So this site is a 20-25 acre property. It was
originally a Scrub & Pinewoods flatlands Pinewood flat lands; mostly soft
palmettos, pine trees (really poor fertility in the soil but one of the
nice things about this property is it’s a little bit higher than the rest of the
area so they don’t get any flooding. The part that we designed (you’ll see it
when we go back there) is about about 2 1/2 acres – 3 acres
& kind of an interesting eyeball shaped, fun, flowy design.
They wanted something like that. We encompassed a little cottage house
& workspace (we’ve got a whole bunch of different cool stuff in there
we’ll show you that in a little bit.) You know, talking about reforesting – since
we left and came back, how many pine trees went in the ground here? We want to point out quickly that when we were working on
this project, I posted a couple of photos on Facebook, a couple on Instagram… and a
couple of those comments in there like “Well that doesn’t seem like a good spot
for a food forest.” “You guys are disturbing a native ecosystem.”
Let me just tell you that we are surrounded by ecocide (here) at a whole
next level. The monocultures of citrus & the
tomato groves getting sprayed with Round-Up, the clear-cutting that’s going on in
this area. Yes, this is a sensitive area There are Florida Panthers here
There might be bears. Definitely there are hogs, but this
property actually had a problem with the pine beetle. A lot of these trees were
dead before the client got here. They removed the dead trees & didn’t
take out a lot of live trees to do the actual site. (Matt) So if you look back that
direction you see all the burned trees that was what brought in the beetles in
the first place. They had a fire that came through the property burned out a
lot of the trees and then when that that stress happened that’s what brought in
that pest – the beetle, to come in. That was kind of the instigation of
all that problem. (Pete) Our awesome client Bill and Judy actually live in
kind of like the downtown Fort Myers area and they wanted a place to go get out of the city – to have this getaway Botanical Garden / Food forest.
(They actually fell in love with our YouTube videos.) So this is
kind of like a weekend getaway. Maybe they’ll build a house here someday.
(But they’ll) definitely have something that’s producing food something to kind of come
out and fiddle with. Everybody wants a hobby of owning a food
forest. These clients bill and Judy are
absolutely awesome they contacted me about the beginning of summer (we were
doing a project in Fort Myers & drove out for some consulting work.). Now we’re actually putting this design onto the ground. You can see we’re just starting
to get some main lines in. Mr. Reese is out there with his straw
hat on he’s drawing all his lines getting everything marked out (everything
to scale here. It actually made scale a little bit tough with the buildings here in the
center. We made do – we put up a large ladder, put up a large pole. We’ve been
pulling all of our measurements off of (the pole) here. We are installing the
system & you can see just barely over that way is the trencher we’re running a
mainline from that well over here on the east side of the property all the way up
to the gate. We’re gonna have a native buffer going in along the road so got to
get some water up there for those plants got to get some hose bibbs put it in
this is going to be our access road and you know right now I’ve got a trailer
full of plants we bought 4,000 pounds of biochar with us I’ve got the golf cart
I’ve got the tractor I’ve got most of the supplies we’re gonna need for this
install and I’ve got all kinds of exciting deliveries coming for you guys
all week putting in a lot of live oaks here multi-species fruit trees I think
we probably got about 100 different fruit trees going in you know and then
thousands of support plants so it’s going to be a really exciting one I
think we’re using about eight hundred yards of mulch here you know 50 to 100
yards of compost like I said 4,000 pounds of biochar
pretty exciting and as you can see this has gone from a pine Palmetto field to
soon to be a productive food system all right mr. Ian’s running a mainline here
to that front gate and looks like we’ve got a little challenge going on here
possibly a stick root palmetto got lodged in there what’s going on nobody how are you breaking stuff all right
keep up the good work Ian whoa whoa I don’t think we’ve seen you before
hi Pete oh you’re a new guy I never knew yeah what’s your name dude
three Stein trees done Kristin all right bro
what are you doing cleaning out those dishes dude I am all right keep up the
good work and what’s really important here is you
know they didn’t prep the site two months ago they prep the site a couple
days before we got here so we don’t have any weed penetration the site’s ready to
go luckily we just got some rain last night and I was actually really
surprised with the color of the soil profile you know being this really tiny
scrubby type of habitat you know it’s not very common to see Christ oil dark
soil I was kind of expecting like that’s pure sugar sand
this stuff’s fairly alive it actually looks fairly decent we’re gonna be
bringing in lots of organic compost organic fertilizer biochar so we’re
gonna be beefing up that life a little bit – over here in the northwest corner
of the property we have all the dead pines those are the logs from those
trees that got taken down we might use those to line some paths won’t use them
around the outer edge of the food forest that’s kind of undecided I really love
that dead pine right there they call that a snag
certain species of birds will only land in dead trees pretty cool so excite lots
of dirt lots of room to plant so this is the site plan for the main
clue forest as you can see here’s the entry here it comes straight in there’s
a kind of a cottage which is where we’re standing right now and there’s a garage
here and then there’s kind of an exit path that leads into this big circle and
then there’s a kind of two paths to lead out the back gate like we said before
the the client really wanted some that tropical feel so we put a lot of
flowering this is kind of like a botanical garden piece up here at the
front with large flowering trees like row Poinciana Jack Quran the golden rain
tree tamarind some Royal Palms in there we’ve got African tulip trees silk floss
trees as you come in we’ve got more tropical fruit trees sections this is
this is the area that we talked about earlier with the overhead irrigation for
a frost protection a cold protection and then out here we have these radiating
different beds with with different types of fruit trees like mulberries avocados
figs jabuticaba as long ends late cheese persimmons loquats and the idea here was
to have the tropical stuff at the south and as you come north it becomes more
and more cold hardy so we’ve got the avocados up here the persimmons the
loquats are up here on the north side and then as you get outside of this
central piece we’ve got these bands of more more cold hardy fruit species the
way the way the program comes out doesn’t show all the support species
that are in the design just the way we’re scaled out here but basically
we’ve had an alternating peach plum with with bananas and then all the
pomegranate with bananas and it just alternates like that on the outside
we’ve got these two protective outer beds with with eventually a lot on
overstory of live oak and then we’ve got these citrus trees and we’ve got a whole
bunch of other understory plants in there that you can’t see in the drawings
because of the scale the drawing but the idea being that we’re protecting
ourselves from that north cold wind that comes
periodically this buffer over here dude yeah so the name of buffer there’s a
couple of different aspects to this the main thing is kind of a beautification
up at the front and to eliminate some of the views from the road additionally we
have as you can see this is the main road across the street which is to the
south is a gigantic cattle pasture so this is also a wind buffering piece as
well so we do get pretty strong winds out of the South actually when we were
installing this section we were getting winds out of the South that must have
been 2530 knots at times so we’ve had all the big trees have been staked up
that way but I mean even at at that time it was a it was a clear proof that we
needed that kind of protection and then behind it where you see all these green
this is existing pines they’ve actually planted in 2000 more pines and they’re
going to be doing I think 2000 per year for the next two or three years like
they said so they’re gonna be totally reforesting in this entire place in
mostly slash pine and longleaf so eventually you will not be able to see
or know that that systems back there and that’s that’s the idea they want a
private secluded place with some food security somewhere they can take their
family somewhere they can feel safe and hopefully we’ll see we’ll come back and
see what it looks like in a couple years I think I think we’ve achieved all right what’s up guys a four of this
food forest project down in LaBelle and Kidd bit nippy this morning it was a 38
with frost out on the main road yesterday 52 when we got here today
one of the neighbors actually told us he’s only seen frost in this area about
three times in 15 years so you know we’re pretty far south but we are inland
so you know in this design we have a tropical zone and in that tropical zone
were actually gonna have some overhead irrigation for protection in the
wintertime so the client you come out here kick on the water get a little
protection on those mangos and some of those sub drop more tropical trees that
you know aren’t as temperent that aren’t going to be okay in the winter time here
so in these last couple of days we’ve put in lots of irrigation we’ve got ten
live oaks in the ground these are all 30 gallon trees they’re probably standing
about 15 foot tall as you can see we’ve got all the stakes in the ground and
these stakes are all identifying a tree so everyone has a different name on it
for what it may be got some yellow tabebuia is going in over there we’ve
got our first load of the cheese last night we’ve got 11 zones of irrigation
over here in this two and a half acre plot and then up by the entrance where
we have another four zone on the buffer so the customer really wanted some pecan
trees that one’s going to be a pecan they’ve got peaches plums small berries
figs loquats you name it this is very multi species
today every one of these steaks you see are actually going to come out of the
ground we’re gonna get all the main fruit trees in place we’re gonna get
some of the irrigation in place and then we’ll be back again on Monday to start
putting in support plants it’s spread in the ground cover looks like we got some fence poles
getting delivered and I’ll tell you what’s going on here this gentleman’s
been hired to put up a animal perimeter fence around the entire food forest
because they have a lot of hogs they have a lot of deer a lot of just animals
that were worried about getting in here and eatin some of these different trees
eating this fruit there’s gonna be a portion that we’re gonna be planting on
the outside to actually share with the animals but a lot of this stuff on the
inside we’re gonna have to give a little bit more protection the hogs in this
area are quite invasive they tear things up they tear fields up they carry fruit
cheese up so it is a bit of a problem so they’re gonna just have a four strand
wire running around the whole thing off of solar power that’ll keep the animals
actually out here it’s not going to stop the squirrels they’re not going to stop
the rabbits but it’s going to stop the bigger stuff that can actually rip the
trees out of the ground so a four it’s coming together mats over there grabbing
some fruit trees starting to lay out like I mentioned all those stakes are
coming out of the ground today we’re four days into this project we’ve
budgeted to fourteen days for the actual install probably have oak of the plants
in next week the following week we’ll be doing all the details finishing touches
mulching in alright guys so day 6 of this Lebel area install let’s just say
east of Fort Myers we just got back yesterday it’s Tuesday morning it was a
brisk 38 degrees when we got here this morning actually we’ve got a couple of
plants a little bit of damage on them but we’ve got lots of plants that showed
up lots of plants going in the ground Lots exciting stuff to show you so let’s
look around so you can see out here we’ve got a lot of the mainframe already
in place mats over there laying out some upright yah Coons he just got done
putting out the Erath Rhino the wax myrtle a lot of those native nitrogen
fixers you know all these trees I see guavas and a strawberry tree actually
took a little bit of frost damage I’ll go over there and show you that in a
second over here we have a banana pit with a couple of different varieties of
bananas and this is kind of a tropical zone right outside of the front of the
cottage area and you can see ins over here just finishing off the irrigation
for these uprights those will have some overhead protection in the wintertime if
they want to protect these you know kind of ultra tropicals you know even
we are so far south we are a bit inland so it gets pretty cold here some of the
tropicals that we have in this area are sugar apples jackfruit Adam Waya
can Estelle we’ve got probably six different types of mangos over here
we’ve got a Sapodilla a couple of papayas those couple of bananas might
get a little protection but the rest are kind of in more of an exposed area on
this outer edge over here this is getting a lot of flowering species that
are very yellow tabebuia we have some Royal Poinciana nose some dwarf points
in Anna’s african tulip tree coming so lots of different kind of flowering
trees over here on this southern buffer and now in that northern buffer that’s
where we had all those live oaks there’s a leaching along and over here on the
next bed over which are a little bit more cold hardy than some of these more
tropical species in the bed I’m walking through right now we have another one of
those tabebuia is over here right next to the house Gypo to Kaabah I see over
here on the corner wax myrtle grafted loquats persimmons
lots of sweet almond fire Bush going in this bed a couple of vitex I see a
pineapple guava and this is that one I was telling you guys got a little bit of
frost damage you can actually see the fuzz on the top of it there you know
it’s probably to survive definitely going to come back from the branches but
the least leaves are probably done they’ve pretty much melted most of the
cells have exploded it got so cold here this is a tough one I’ve had this one
actually come back fairly well up at my farm tuff is in recovers from the cold
not tough as in and handled the cold I think we’ve got 23 live oaks going in
out here the center area there’s a lot of peaches it goes basically it goes
beach banana peach banana peach banana peach banana kind of the whole way down
and on this row it goes Olive banana pomegranate banana
olive banana pomegranate haul of banana some of these natives have already
gotten pulled out of this area but we got a large delivery of some natives
yesterday lots of that Familia patents a native fire Bush lots of those up right
Yahoo and Hollies we’ve got Simpsons stopper in here a big group of the
stopper we’ve got lots of salvias going in here there’s red ones pink ones white
ones a large pile of scorpion tail a large pile of perennial peanut and you
know this little area right here is like 700 plants it adds up pretty quickly in
those trays so there’s a few thousand plants just in this smaller holding area
here not counting what’s in the ground not counting what’s in the other holding
area we’ve got some gaillardia here some of them are actually just starting to
flower lots of black-eyed Susan lots of the
sunshine mimosa mimosa struggle oh so there’s that white salvia why Atreus there’s the red cell views there’s the
pink salvias you guys know how much I love FAQ hacci grass lots of fact hacci
grass in this area Muhly grass over here on this side and then this whole corners
filled with the native goldenrod you could see most of its kind of done
with that flowering phase but there’s definitely a couple left in here still
let me show you this one that have a little bit of that yellow on it still and you can see basically what we’re
doing is we’re getting the mainframe in place and by mainframe I mean all the
large trees all the larger three gallon material that’s not gonna disappear get
smooshed become hidden when we come back in and start putting a lot of this mulch
in here we’ve had about 250 yards of mulch delivered so far we’ve got five or
four or 55 yard loads over there and I’ve got one load that came here last
night it’s still steaming another 55 yard load we’re gonna be using about 750
yards here on this site so lots of mulch going in in between these native live
oaks we actually have some citrus trees and you know the homeowner knows that
they’re taking a little bit of a risk with the citrus with the greening issue
but they want a chance than anyway they love citrus we only put about 8 of those
trees in and they’re basically in between every live oak going around this
perimeter on the outside so a couple citrus trees going in you can see these
polylines we have ran or just tap into those with the micro admit errs for each
of our fruit trees or anything desiring a little bit more water most of this
stuff will be heavy mulch native just hand watered in it’s our little micro
admit er but like I was saying not everything
here is going to need irrigation so we just have the micrometers for the heavy
feeders this property is 22 acres
I’d say we’re planting out somewhere around the 3 acre range definitely a
nice little chunk of space some more of the sweet almond air thry ‘no Calandra
wax myrtle pineapple guava there’s one of our foul foxes I’ve got 11 zones over
here in the back area first load of compost came yesterday and we’re getting
some plants on the ground hey good morning it looks like Christmas huh it
does that’s a pretty name you want to bring one home for a Christmas tree or
something that would take some and live in the right hands covered bro
got any extras oh oh you want one or two huh that’s caffeine right there yeah
quite the weeping day yeah that’s caffeine so over here in this area a
couple mulberries some vitex fire bush a couple of blueberries we do have some
mice or raspberries actually over there in that tropical zone we’ve got some
blackberries over here in this area a couple cassia Katla guava and another
ana pit we did was we dug out the center very deep filled it with compost filled
the holes under the bananas at the compost then we top dress heavy with
biochar and a little bit of fertilizer kind of kicked that off and now it’s
just waiting on some mulch maybe we’ll pop a couple of nitrogen
fixers and around it and that is set ready to put some compost in there over
here on this side we have to put Aqaba jabuticaba basically a Sabra variety red
variety Sabra variety some figs over here on the end
Callie Andrea this spots actually for a coconut we have three coconuts going in
out here over here on this next bed over we’ve got some long ends there’s a log
in surname jerry regular surname Jerry I
believe this is going to be a Royal Palm another vitex grafted Surinam cherry
lychee and it’s coming together there’s our other holding area over there so
most all of those plants and I say most there’s definitely a bunch of Moringa in
there and some X and some flower it’s coming this way but all of the Oaks Alda
hoon Holly all the Yamaha Lee’s going out to that buffer planting that we’re
doing all the way along the street so there’s a couple of loads of cheese that
we already got and it’s coming together hey how are you what are you doing you
plant plants yes sir so finishing touches on irrigation finishing touches
on the mainframe I’m guessing by tomorrow we’re gonna be putting heavy
mulch down in here by Thursday we’ll be coming back in and getting all those
little 4 inch plants all those one gallon plants put in which probably
about 2,000 2,500 of those Friday we’ll be out working on the irrigation by the
road next week finish the buffer I’ve got a couple days to plan out the buffer
mulch the buffer and finish this out over here so we are on I got a have to sit here
and think about this for a second but today’s actually day eight will say day
nine but to those days or half days so we’ve got about eight full days here on
this labelled project we’ve moved five six hundred yards of mulch we’ve planted
over one hundred fruit trees a bunch of palm trees some flowering trees we’ve
got some dwarf points Hannah’s in here Royal Poinciana is in here a couple silk
floss lots of different flowering species a couple of the native Kappa
booyah is in here so this isn’t all edibles they wanted an aesthetic factor
here also they wanted to kind of have their own private botanical garden
things are moving along really nice the only thing we don’t have in the ground
is the one gallon support species so what we like to do is put all the
mainframe in first and by mainframe I mean big trees three gallon plants
fruiting trees things like that and then we’ll come back and actually move the
mulch and plant those little individual plants into it now today we might get a
couple of those little plants in the ground but the bulk of those are gonna
get wrapped up on Monday and then the rest of next week I’m here until Friday
before Christmas we’re gonna be planting the buffer out by the street and we’ve
got lots of cabbage palms oaks ahoo ahoo and Hollies upright Yahoo
and Hollies weeping Yamuna Hollies some more pineapple guava some wax myrtle so
lots of native stuff stuff stuff up in the front you know the idea up there is
really just to have a native buffer kind of a wild look this will be more of the
obviously maintained grove with the cool design as you come in here to the
property try and show you guys the big impact points here and show you what’s
growing on as you can see we’ve got some irrigation running some mulch being
moved I’m gonna try to stay away from the Sheen’s to get you guys that quality
audio these two outer beds on the south end of the site are the only two that
actually have a different native grass species these are mealy grass so these
will get the red flowers and fall all the rest of the beds are with FAQ hacci
grass there’s dwarf fire bush there’s standard fire Bush there’s Kali Andhra
coral green which Aerith rhino that’s enough
native nitrogen fixer wax myrtle made of nitrogen fixer so Lata like I said all
the three gallon species are in those are those upright Yahoo and Hollies
a couple of Royal Palms in here a couple of Jacaranda is I forgot to mention that
a couple of coconuts coconuts are you know definitely pushing it here those
are the smallest coconuts I could get my hands on they’ve got about 1 foot of
wood and we didn’t want to go too big or too expensive with the coconuts because
there is a risk here even though we are all the way down by Fort Myers
you know just since we’ve been here we’ve seen frost one night so light
frost but frost at 40 degrees so it’s definitely something to be cautious
about when you’re pushing that subtropical edge you can see we put big
tree base kits on our cabbage palms to support those especially these taller
ones we won’t need to do that as much on the smaller ones this is a really ultra
tropical zone this has overhead irrigation to give a
little extra protection to the mangoes papayas can estelle at a moya
sugar apple more of the cold hardy species start working their way in this
way so lychee can definitely kick down into the 20s long and could take into
the 20s the reds are the black Surinam cherries are a little bit more cold
hardy so as we work our way out we get a little bit more cold hardy you know in
this bed here we’ve got lots of figs going in we’ve got our man over here mr.
Reese moving some mulch he’s been plugging hard that 55 yard
load got dumped last night it’s already half gone we’ve been here about an hour
and ten minutes so really coming together I am missing a couple of trees
I have a African tulip tree going in here and we have a bottle brush going in
there and another bottle brush going in there and that’s kind of last of the big
trees that are going in this area over here so the rest is going to be all of
those small plants I showed you guys the other day lots of salvias lots of
flowering species also more nitrogen fixers perennial peanut and sunshine
mimosa there’s a mulberry and if some blueberries actually just starting to go
deciduous some blackberries around that cassia when I got here these two little
cottages were pretty lonely I mean they were sitting in a field of dirt pure
sand you know nothing around them you know now here we are
like I mentioned 8 or 9 days later and it’s completely surrounded by abundance
and life I mean since we’ve been here the birds have been showing up the
butterflies have been showing up the bees have been showing up with these
plant species we’ve been bringing in so really cool to see this guy not being so
lonely this is kind of the come into the turnaround area clients did not want any
vehicle access in here they have a little side-by-side that gets stored in
the shed that’s the only thing they want to come into this area with they plan on
parking the cars over there to the side or all the way out by the entrance they
had no interest in driving a vehicle in here even though there probably is
enough room with this gate and this entry we have over here to still get a
big vehicle and if wanted this is one of those big jacarandas those are beautiful
trees I see some vitex all of our micro irrigation is in as you could see plants
are getting sprayed in water this morning you know one of the challenges
we had out here client had a well put in but he’s been fighting and calling and
begging the power company to come out and put a line in and we still have no
power so one of those noises that you hear over there other than the tractor
is actually a generator running to get water out here while we work on the
project powers do they’re saying any day hopefully they come sooner than later
because it’s definitely going to be a pain in the butt to come out here and
turn on the generator and run these you know irrigation zones as they’re you
know establishing and they’re definitely gonna need regular water especially in
the first 30 days or so I see lots of sweet almond over here this is that
northern buffer this is the one I talked about the other day has citrus and oak
trees all the way around it hey good morning sir you’re doing a fine job
that’s right my friend and that man loves his work yeah you can see the
gaillardia the black-eyed Susans the late rest’s salvias and the goldenrod
are all going into this garden the fire Bush and the upright yeah Poon’s are
going out into that buffer area as you can see we put lots of hose bibbs
in and around the garden so you can also do some hand watering we’re actually
using that to water our nursery right now these back rows are kind of more
designed as like agroforestry roll rows you know we’ve got two clumping grasses
that are going to get a cassava in between each and the idea here is having
the chopped and dropped we’re gonna put lots of Mexican sunflower in lots of
native native nitrogen-fixing ground covers and we’ve got a real bit of
symmetry going on here like I said you know there’s two grasses between every
whatever the other two main tree species maybe on this row it’s olive banana on
the next row it’s peach banana plum banana very cold hardy over here there’s
also some pomegranates in this area and these roads still have plenty of access
so you can still get you know eight to ten foot through here no problem and the
fence guys are here you know we are out here in the middle of the country there
are a lot of animals a lot of hogs a lot of invasive kind of species that will
get in here and kind of run up and tear up the garden so the clients putting a
solar electric fence around the entire outside of the garden to protect all of
these trees for the long run you whoa I don’t think this fence was here
last time we came Matt well new huh yeah all right can you jump it for the camera
definitely notice how it works yeah tell us what they’re doing here what is this
thing here for so this is a animal exclusion fence and it is pretty severe
they’ve got a hot hot ground hot you know they got a whole bunch of different
hot wires on the main fence and they’ve got this trip trip set up here it’s
supposed to keep deers from being obligate in I think it was at a Georgia
there was like some some system they’ve got developed in Georgia and yeah it’s
supposed to be deer proof and it’s pretty serious 200 volts yeah yeah so
bill and Judy aren’t messing around they don’t want the deer and the hogs in here
destroying the system and I guess it’s been a month since we finished up here I
mean we’ve got things flowering we’ve got things that have been eaten by the
rabbits I mean no weeds which is pretty awesome yeah so far so good
and this is the this is the worst it’s ever gonna be this you know we put
everything in in December and we’re not gonna have real rain we had rain
yesterday but we’re not gonna have real rain and real good growing conditions
for months so we put in an irrigation system and we put in a lot of mulch so
we should we doesn’t done everything we can to make it work but this is this is
the hard time to get everybody through yeah I even had some comments on those
photos when we posted it I mean like it looks like concrete here in between
these paths so because we are in Florida we have pure sandy soils so when I get
the drone up and you look down you know this is sand this isn’t this isn’t
concrete as the permeable surface I don’t know if the grass is gonna go back
I don’t know if the weeds are gonna grow back here I was actually I was surprised
not to see any growth here today when we came back you know it still kind of
looks like when we left they’ve tried putting a little bit of annual ryegrass
or perennial ryegrass over here in this area by the barn didn’t really take off
really well you know I could see long-term managing some type of grass or
something in these paths but and we’ll see what comes up I have a
we’ll see some palmettos and some of those native species coming back yeah I
mean all this stuff out here right now it doesn’t look like much right yet you
know like I said that bananas already got hit everything’s kind of small give
this place a couple of months you know we’ll be back probably mid summer and
you’re gonna not even be able to recognize it
hopefully the paths have some color to them the trees will have filled in
that’s the exciting part about what we do Oh what do you got here some flowers
yeah the peaches are flowering peaches and plums so part of the part of these
bands here if you look we’ve got our main fruit tree and then we’ve got a
banana and a main fruit tree as it goes through the system but in between those
we planted Mexican sunflower and then two clumping grasses in between each set
and that’s the idea is that we’re growing our own mulch here in other
areas where it’s where you’re closer to a source you can have multi prod in and
you can place it here we don’t have that luxury it’s expensive to get it here in
time consuming so what we’ve done here is planted our mulch in place and the
idea is you chop it periodically you place it by the fruit trees and it
regrows and you do it again up here we’re at the road we got a need
of buffer zone here with Oaks some palms and then a whole understory host of
different natives here we can walk through and take a look at so we have
some existing trees that we left we’ve got a couple of decent-sized Oaks and
Pines here and then we kind of trying to fill in the gaps we’re trying to block
out some of the wind from across the street if you look it’s just a huge open
cleared cattle pasture and so what we wanted to do was create a native buffer
hedge here so we’ve got some larger Oaks that we put in some some of these uh
cabbage palms and then we’ve got an understory here we’ve got wax myrtle
Simpson stop or fire Bush several different types of Holly Dunn and the
you pond the soft male is going to come back up pretty soon
we’ve got probably probably a dozen different types of native native species
in here that we’ve interplanted I think the the only real edible up here is what
the Mont stare maybe on the trees right oh yeah the Fuji ojos yeah I remember
when we were actually installing these trees we’re literally struggling to keep
him standing up we had to put the tree kits up as they went up I mean there was
no way we could have made a video due to sound audio rain problems I mean it was
just a combination here so lots of challenging factors how why would you
say this bed is mat 15 foot to 20 foot kinda throughout that’s going almost 400
foot the whole length of the property I think it’s about 300 almost 300 foot on
this side and about a hundred foot on the other side alright guys so I’d say
this install took us about four weeks but we didn’t actually have four or four
weeks into that I’d say you know maybe twelve days we started a day late we
missed the day the one week we left a day early so maybe twelve days six guys
on this total install so from start to finish you know Matt is our lead
designer here he did the design on this project he’s our lead consultant he
really kind of knocked that one out of the park we came out here for the
original consultation and Matt asked me you know kind of an idea on the design
I gave a little something and he just runs with it so that’s what I’m talking
about don’t forget Matt’s channel will be
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  1. Ryan S Author

    I'd quit my job today if I could make a living working with Pete. Loving your work is a real thing and how could you not love working with plants. Permaculture design is just freaking cool.

  2. C.J. Rogers Author

    I'm done some landscape designs and installs, certainly nothing on this scale or level of complexity. I doubt most really understand what goes into a job like this. Watching this gave me anxiety! So much to coordinate!

  3. Renee Brown Author

    Lord would I love to have the space and money to have something done like this. It is my dream to have a food forrest back yard. And before I die I will. It just won't be able to get it all done at one time. But at least I've got my greenhouse up and putting my beehive in in just a couple weeks

  4. nik gio Author

    I would like to know how much consulting would cost on average. The property would be in the Caribbean i.e. Grenada. Size would be about 1.5 to 2 acre property with about 6000sq ft of buildings on it. I consider you to be the one and only person for eco-farming. I absolutely pay attention to all you show especially the Costa Rica farms.

  5. Ian Bell Author

    From publishing videos nearly a year in the past, you have now shifted your whole production to making videos nearly a year in the FUTURE!! WOW!, I'm SOOOOOO impressed!!!
    I would really like to go with you on your next journey in your brand new time machine please….please…….ah Pleeeeeeeease!!!!??!!! ! The first trip would have to be for me going back in time though rather than forward, back to the moment before I first offended you. Oh, I tell ya, the things that I would change from that solid day, yes indeed. This would be an essential first trip if I was ever to convince you to let me ride with you guys again I think. 2nd trip 2050……3rd trip DISNEYLAND!!!! YeeeeeeeHaaaaa!

  6. lily li Author

    This is just I'm doing on my 5 acre Orlando property. Same soil and plants. I just started. I should also have a blueprint for planning. You inspired me, thanks !!! Pete, I watched The hunger games, is Peta your son? He looks like you 😄

  7. Little Lee Gardens Author

    Beautiful project. The buildings that the couple have there, do they ever stay overnight in the one? I'd surely want to live there if this was my food forest. 🙂

  8. Jennifer Calderon Author

    Can I ask what the final cost on that project was? It's beautiful and what I'm planning for in the near future. Thank you. Love you guy's work great job and keep on growing.

  9. Woodrow W. Author

    Greetings from Canada. If only we had some climate for these species up here. Man!!!!! Beautiful work, your company, employees, dedication and creativity guarantee success and it is a real pleasure always to get to see these projects. Bless you

  10. The Apple’s Food Forest FARMacy Author

    Thank you 🙏 for sharing! Beautiful work!! I love that you both work together now. True Dream Team. Beautiful design Matt!

  11. Oliver Lambeth Author

    Hey Pete, I'm wondering how you decide to build soil on the sites you work on? Do you tailor your elements you put into the soil for the species of plant you've selected? I can imagine that this site being an old pine desert that you'd have to probably add a lot of lime to hike up the ph…Thanks

  12. DGSwenOutdoors Author

    Hey Pete, i live in Far Northern California, I have half a lifetime of traditional landscaping and irrigation experience. I recently purchased a new home on 5 acres of sloping Mediterranean, hot, dry property. I am currently planning and implementing some permaculture/food forest projects. While our climates are vastly different, your videos have still be a great inspiration.

  13. Tasha Sophia Author

    Beautiful green project, I was just wondering for the clients, wouldn't it be great if they could have their own off grid power supply, like building a medium sized pond/lake for hydro electricity or even placing some solar panels on a small shed to supply electricity for the irrigation, was just wondering..I couldn't see if there were swales for rain water harvesting, but I am sure there are some…I love how you can see the potential of the land before it happens…Keep on growing! 🙂

  14. Kasmil Nahunja Author

    Check out this video of permaculture.
    "Turning 90 acres of waste land into a food forest with a bank of traditional seeds".
    (channel DOWN TO EARTH) Appreciation will be appreciated (Pete Kanaris GreenDreamsFL)

  15. royal blood Author

    loving what you doing Pete going back to nature.. My family and I been offgrid in the Island of Tobago close up to the rain daughter first saw your chanel , didnt know anything about a food forest although we been doing one for the past 8 years. Maybe you can come see us some time…

  16. BetterYouBetterWorld V Author

    do you mix compost into all your plantings pete? do you do different amounts depending on the species or something?

  17. Matthew Abram Author

    How do I do this or fine employment doing this?

    I'm in Canada but want to do it topically, do you have any connections in Australia or New Zealand?

  18. ibgator Author

    That is really awesome!! Great crew! (how's it growing? ha!) I tried to find some perennial peanut a few years ago and couldn't find any retail and forgot about it. Will start looking for some again. East coast about the same latitude.

  19. gullintanni Author

    That spot will be amazing in the future. Let's hope Florida does not become a state of a thousand islands soon. Still would be amazing to live there I guess.

  20. Mike B Author

    Here's hoping your client can help fend on the most voracious pest out there, capable of stripping an orchard nearly bare over night… man.

    Seriously, my in-laws own a farm, and apparently growing stuff means there's a sign up that says "bring your whole family down adults, kids, etc in the middle of the night, remove everything that can possibly be sold and take off by morning", not sure if it's the central valley of California is any different than their in Florida, but for a place that the owners will only stay at temporarily the only thing I see is when fruits start growing some local @#$!ing thieves will come take it all.

    That said I absolutely LOVE the idea behind what you're doing.

  21. Pavor Author

    You would notice from the ground I guess, but the fact that the house is off center and the spokes of the pattern dont line up would drive me nuts.

  22. Austin Cozby Author

    Two things I noticed:
    -what’s going on instead of what’s ‘growing on.’ Definitely loved that saying Pete.
    -Also Day one of the build is labeled December 2019

  23. Liset Guelmes Author

    I literally had a dream of a land full of edibles plants. I love plants since I was a kid. Always have had ornamentals and edible plants. Today I live in a small townhouse (no backyard) in Naples,and of course I’m growing…peppers, lemons, basil,ginger , bananas (3 trees to be exact) mints, oregano, among others(pretty much everything growing in pots)I also support monarchs butterflies and my last batch of them were a total of 22. Also have 5 quails. one day I would love to have a lot just for growing fruit trees,vegetables, herbs and have a beautiful looking shed with a beautiful porch to seat on and contemplate and enjoy all the real food!!!! And I’ll call you guys to help me!

  24. Radiculously Rawthentic Author

    Rad video! Would love a summer follow up drone footage. Thanks for all that you and your team do. Very educational and inspirational.

  25. Justin Dolan Author

    Once again, thanks so much for bringing me to see another food forest. I have to many repsonsibilities to leave our homestead. I really enjoying seeing and learning from these videos. Your videos are important. They to add to a data base of knowledge that gets to the public much faster than a book (and for free). I will be here when you come back in five years to follow up on these initial plantings. Peace and long life to your plants.

  26. redcorsair14 Author

    Not counting the cost of the land and the expensive fencing around it, how much would a project like this cost to install? I keep hearing a few thousand plants here and there and its like the national debt clock in my head just going up. Considering a much smaller food forest type thing in central Florida

  27. Bo McGillacutty Author

    As beautiful as this is going to be I think I prefer the Pete's home style better, more 'natural', varied, less repetitive. Hope to see continued follow ups on some of these projects!

  28. YouSurf 2 Author

    I su ggest the paths get a few inches deep of white ancient crushed sea shell….. good to walk on, side by side on, and it looks very pretty..> THink Sanibel Island paths.
    I am surprised no bamboo clusters here and there just outside the main gardens.


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