Thanks to Milkwood Permaculture’s wonderful blog. http://milkwood.net/2011/11/22/a-way-through-the-woods-designing-the-paths-in-our-forest-garden/
The paths in our forest garden need to do a couple of things really well: define different spaces within the garden, create weed barriers, increase fertility, protect the rest of the garden from compaction and provide easy access for farm residents, classes and maintenance.
Harris therefore designed the main paths on contour, with spur paths branching off in various directions.
The main contour paths were surveyed and then dug out as small swales, about 60cm across. These trenches were then filled with woodchip. This feature will allow the main paths to:
- Catch and store rainfall, releasing it slowly and gently downslope, through the topsoil.
- Allow the woodchips to decompose over time, creating fungally dominated compost which can then be dug out onto the forest garden