Food Forest Growing Challenge: The Apple from Seed

Permaculture Words of the Week:
“Food Forest”

I wanted to start this blog around the theme of trees and why they are necessary, not just optional to your garden

In Permaculture, everything tends towards a succession and change from “pioneering” species to more perennial long-term species such as trees.

This is why the natural succession of any piece of land (if let alone) will tend towards a forest succession. It may take 100 years for it to become a forest, but we can accelerate it and design our gardens to become highly productive, low-maintenance food forests!

This takes some time to sink in. Usually, I think about this when I drive out to farms in the west and I see old abandoned silos grown over by vines and eventually trees.

So the Food Forest Challenge is this:

  • Eat an apple.
  • Plant the seed in a pot or paper cup.
  • If you don’t have winter, freeze for 2 weeks.
  • Send pictures via email

The picture below is of an apple tree grown from seed by one of the elementary students in our after-school garden program called “Sprouts.” ┬áHe did nothing more than eat our “healthy snack” and plant it in a dirt cup.


The prize? A packet of seeds of course! Just send us a picture of your attempt to grow an apple “rootstock.” Yes, that’s the fancy word for your seedling. More about rootstocks and Growing Fruit Trees for your Backyard Orchard here.

If you have specific questions or comments about growing apple trees, do not hesitate to comment below.

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