bamboogrove at cmug.com
Tue Jan 9 11:15:40 EST 2001
>Nineteen years ago I saw Dick Roberts, near Nelson in New Zealand, have
>metal barrels (with no tops or bottoms) around every young tree he planted,
>to keep his sheep from eating the trees. There were hundreds of such trees
>spread around many hectares in different microclimates. Has anyone been
>there recently to see how it turned out? It might be a fruit paradise.
I was there in '88, very impressive to see citrus, stone fruit, cherimoyas,
apples, bannanas all together! Yields had started, and he was still expanding
the system. Fruit paradise indeed. A young couple had built a beautiful small
adobe/earth bermed/garden roofed house across the ravine on his land. I liked
the system of barrels- but here I think voles would render it impractical.
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