Planning & Planting a Guild

 By Karen Ganey

Planting guilds around your fruit or nut tree is best done in the early years of the trees growth, before it’s surface roots take over. Choose from the many species to enlighten the colors, smells, tastes, and textures for the enjoyment of the pollinators, soil dwellers and gardener alike.

 Considerations for your guild could include

Dynamic Accumulators:   bring sub surface minerals to plants with shallow roots

Comfrey, horseradish, borage, chamomile, chives, lemon balm, peppermint, salad burnet

Flowers for cutting, drying, color & tea:

Anise hyssop, calendula, borage, bee balm, zinnia, straw flowers, status

Beneficial’s for Insects:

Allysum, alfalfa, anise hyssop, buckwheat, clover, dill, fennel, feverfew, lemon balm, lobelia, nasturtium, parsley, spearmint, yarrow

Medicine and Tea:

Artemisia, echinacea,chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, mallow, yarrow,

Nitrogen fixers:

Clover, columbine, lupine, alfalfa, fava beans, Siberian pea shrub

Edible ground covers and vines:

Groundnuts, Jerusalem artichokes, strawberries, sorrel, squash


The Pruning Book; Lee Reich

The Holistic Orchardist, Michael Phillips

Gaias’s Garden, Toby Hemenway

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