Mistakes are how you learn.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes and don't let that stop you from starting a food forest.
Mistake #1 – Not Using Enough Mulch
This part of the food forest is 1.5 to 2 years old.
I almost passed out from heat stroke the day I was creating this section, so I didn't finish putting down the mulch properly.
Then, I just left it and now its very weedy.
You can get away with using less mulch if you put down a layer of cardboard first, but its better to layer up to a foot of mulch if you can.
I use a combination of Palm and Oak mulch.
The oak mulch does a better job of suppressing weeds, so I can get away with using less.
Unfortunately that means that its also better for weeds to grow in.
I've learned to layer the mulch deeper when I'm using Palm mulch.
Mistake #2 – Plant Spacing
I was really bad at this when I first started.
In the foreground there is a Barbados Cherry and Surinam Cherry within feet of each other.
This may not look bad now, but it will be a problem as the plants get larger.
I still make this mistake from time to time because I want a dense, lush forest ecosystem.
Mistake #3 – Planting A Plant In The Wrong Location
Specifically for me, this has to do with planting in areass that are prone to standing water.
I've learned that Papaya plants will fall over when the ground is too moist.
Avacados trees also do not like we t feet.
I've given up on Avacados for now, but Papays are thriving in the right spot.
I hope this was helpful.
Let me stress again, the most important thing to remember is that making mistakes part of the process of learning.
The biggest mistake is not trying.
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