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This week we have a wonderful guest in biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak. Stefan’s film, “The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic”, offers an inspiring and informative look at his Permaculture Orchard in SW Quebec. In the film, Stefan shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. In this episode, which is part 1 of a 2 part interview, I talk to Stefan about his film, his orchard, and ask him a bunch of questions about permaculture and growing fruit trees.
If you want to know more about Stefan’s films or his approach to gardening, check out these websites:
The Farm / La Ferme: http://miracle.farm/en/
The Film / Le Film: http://www.permacultureorchard.com
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Great interview so far – I also subscribe to him, for his humour as much as the information. I have a couple of paw paw trees that I got as bare root sticks, basically. I cut them to 18″ when I planted them, hoping that would send out branches to form an open vase. But the two branches on each went straight up. Apparently, this species forms a pyramid, and I’m wondering if that’s what it’s going to do no matter what. So far (this is the 2nd year), it’s still just those two branches going upwards. Should I try to do something about it or leave it as is?
Regarding acidity below a pine tree :
Does that mean I can plant azaleas below it? I’ve talked to a Grandmother who said it was alot of work to keep the acid levels up high enough that her Azaleas would flower. Thing is that she lived in an area with alot of pine trees around her area.
It’s my understanding that it’s a myth that pine needles increase soil acidity. Pine trees like acidic soil, and that’s why they tend to be found growing in acidic soils, but it’s not the case that the needles lower the pH of the soil in any meaningful way.