An excellent way to establish your own orchard is to propagate it yourself – for example, planting cuttings from neighbours’ berry bushes and grafting fruit trees such as apples and pears onto rootstock. Its a great way to obtain the plant cultivar you want – for example, one that is well suited to your local conditions. In fact the only way to get the cultivar you want is to use vegetative propagation (cuttings and grafting). Planting seeds of berries can give you similar result to the parent but it depends on the species. These programmes focus on vegetative propagation in the orchard.
In early 2015, I skyped with Stefan Sobkowiak to chat about propagating in your permaculture orchard. Stefan runs a large permaculture fruit orchard in Quebec, Canada, called Miracle Farm. He has a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph and a Masters in wildlife biology and a and Bachelors in wildlife management both from McGill University.
Over the last 25 years Stefan has spoken to more than 400 groups on topics such as edible gardening, gardening, landscape design, birds and permaculture. And, through his landscape design practice, he has 20 years experience of assisting clients to create ecologically rich properties.
I found out about Stefan because he was planning a speaking tour in NZ including Dunedin from March 15th to April 9th 2015. He came to Dunedin on 1st April for a daytime workshop and an evening film and question and answer time. I was able to participate in his fantastic workshop on training and pruning fruit trees.
In the first of these two programmes I chat with Stefan about Vegetative Propagation in the Permaculture orchard, followed by a more indepth one on Grafting Fruit Trees.
In horticulture, grafting is the technique where vascular tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two plants graft or join together. With fruit trees it is typically used to join one plant selected for its roots with another selected for its fruit.
To find out more about
- Stefan’s NZ tour – go to Beyond Organics NZ at http://www.beyondorganicnztour.com/
- Stefan’s permaculture orchard – go to Miracle Farm at http://www.miracle.farm/en/
To listen to the programme Vegetative Propagating in the Permaculture Orchard please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=f138491d-bff1-4858-8109-9efd5491ad08.
This programme was originally broadcast on the 26th February 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council. To view other programmes go to http://www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
To listen to the programme Grafting Fruit Trees please click on http://www.accessradio.org/media/download/201503161545021426473902-NZOA64k-2015-03-19—Eco-Living—Grafting-Fruit-trees—Stefan-Sobkowiak—Permaculturalist.mp3?_uid=1426473864-549-13. This programme was originally broadcast on the 19th March 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council. To view other programmes go to http://www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com