In this series, we are going through the stages and steps to create a mini-forest, based on the Miyawaki method.
The previous article focused on the first stage – Dream and Observe – and today, we will look into the second – Plan and Collect.
Plan and Collect
Task 4: Draw the forest
It is time to project your forest. A good design will be able to integrate your vision as well as the characteristics of the plot you’ve chosen. You want to maximize all your resources; waste nothing! Consider water retention and organic matter management, how to make use of solar energy efficiently, and the interaction with and between the community.
Task 5: Plan irrigation
Irrigation is a crucial aspect. Even though the plan is that your forest will become self-sufficient within two or three years, this time is extremely important to determine the survivability of your plants. And of course, water is a major player. When you are planning the watering scheme make sure to consider the needs of different species, as well as how these needs might change over time, and the weather conditions and precipitation patterns of the place your forest is located.
Task 6: Collect resources
The final task of this second stage is to collect the resources. This step’s success is dependent on your commitment to Task 1. The more people and skill sets you bring on board, the smoother it will be to find the resources you need. Another relevant point to consider is to have some sort of shelter to keep your tools, plants, and other resources. This will minimize theft and maximize the material’s lifetime.