My own dynamic agroforestry garden

Creating your own garden in the dynamic agroforestry is easy and fun. You learn a lot about nature and how plants harmonize together. And of course you can look forward to a very rich yield!

The three principles

Dynamic agroforestry uses and reinforces natural principles. Three principles are used above all:

  1. Variety of species,
  2. High planting density and
  3. Cut of the plants.

With these principles you create a dynamic system. If you want to know more, you can continue browsing below or start directly:

Create dynamic garden - a guide

1. Diversity of the species

The diversity refers to:

  • Biodiversity: genus (trees, shrubs, grasses, etc.) or by species (conifers, deciduous trees, etc.) or families (daisy family, umbelliferae, etc.).

  • Elements: Roots, flowering, ripening / harvesting, lifetime, nutrient requirement, plant height and so on.
  • Succession:
    • Pioneer (<6 months, potato, pea)
    • Secondary I (<2 years, Swiss chard, parsley)
    • Secondary II (<15 years, elderberry, raspberry)
    • Secondary III (<80 years, apple tree, birch)
    • Primary (> 80 years, oak, beech).

The greater the biodiversity of species, the more stable and healthy your garden will be.

2. High planting density

Nature leaves no room unused, neither horizontally nor vertically. In the dynamic agroforestry is therefore densely planted to make optimal use of the space. Of course, not all plants like to grow together, but in most cases, high density promotes growth dynamics and plant health.

A few examples:

  • Roots: The roots of different species interlock and promote each other, give off mycorrhizal. Since different plants need different nutrients, they do not bother.
  • Disease prevention: Local plants have developed certain substances to drive off typical predators. They thus protect the crops as well.
  • Windbreak: If the plants are dense, the flowers are not blown off in strong wind and the young trees are not uprooted.
  • Heat: At high density, the plot warms up faster, the plants grow faster.
  • Biomass: More plants, more biomass, more cutting material and thus organic material for the soil.

The high density in a dynamic plot has many advantages. In order for the plants to stay healthy and grow your favorite plants well and yield enough, the timely cut is important.

More about the advantages of:

Diversity & density

3. Cut the plants

By cutting the plants you moderate the plant system and create light for your favorite plants. By cutting you also produce biomass that is distributed on the soil, keeps it moist and provides long-term nutrients. In many plants, the cut also stimulates growth and thus increases the growth dynamics.

We distinguish five important cutting techniques:

  1. Rejuvenation pruning
  2. Space section
  3. Air + light section
  4. Biomass cut
  5. Synchronization cut

Learn more about the cutting techniques here:

Cutting techniques

Now it starts - create a garden

We show you everything you need to know. Using our example to create an orchard on 3x3 m, you will get to know the methods and techniques.

Planting plans and plant list

With our planting plans you have direct instructions on how to best combine the plants. In addition, we have an overview of which plants you need to buy. Of course you can combine everything as you like and realize your own ideas!

Planting plan of dynamic agroforestry flower garden

Plant plan dynamic agroforestry herb garden

Planting plan dynamic agroforestry orchard

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