Back Yard Food Forest

This site is located on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge in Lake Placid, Florida. It began as a 1/2 acre of Jiggs grass on highly degraded sandy soil. Now it has been transformed into a lush, bountiful edible forest garden. In the center stands a large pergola constructed from reused local lumber and covered by numerous shading vines including dragon fruit, passion fruit, ivy gourd and groundnut. The rest of the landscape is plentiful with fruit and nut trees, berries, perennial vegetables, “green manure” cover crops and native insect nectary plants.

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