Accidental Food Forest
Today I walked out of a restaurant to my truck and I happened to notice that there was a pecan tree next to it. This caught my eye because it was right along side some railroad tracks. Then I noticed some blackberries in the understory. Then I noticed grapes in the vine layer.
I started walking along the edge of what was almost a complete food forest. It was just growing all on it’s own untended. Pecans, grapes, mulberry, nitrogen fixing mimosa. A Bradford pear had fruit on which I’ve never seen before. Even though it is very hot dry and brittle at the moment the entire thing was very verdant and vigorous, not struggling in the least. I picked some blackberries and ate them. The grapes aren’t ripe yet. Most of the mulberries have already fallen. The pecans will be ready in winter.
There was catalpa, silverthorn, and much more. I think it’s the railroad’s property. It hasn’t been touched, hasn’t been watered nothing, producing an abundance of food. There was plenty of virginia creeper and poison ivy too.
It probably gets hacked down occasionally I imagine. You could almost use this as a template for a temperate southeastern food forest. I think with the addition of peach or plum in the understory instead of Bradford pear.