I'm still working on the guild around my Enterprise apple tree:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ There is a giant Rumex crispus
growing in the drip line. I couldn't dig it out without hurting the apple roots and the leaves have that sour lemon flavor. I've decided to let it stay and just cut the leaves for mulch when I'm not in the mood to eat them.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ There's also an existing clump of pink and white clover.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Over the last couple of years, I've noticed the black-fruited deadly nightshade grow with abandon near the base of the tree. Taking the hint, this year, I'm going to grow hot peppers on the sunny side of the tree.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â On the shadier side, there is a low spot that always puddles after rain. I've corrugated cardboarded the area, and have created a wood shaving pile inoculated with spent oyster mushroom spawn as well as situated a CCBbox packed with spent oyster mushroom spawn mixed with moist straw and covered with straw. We'll see if this will form a successful outdoor mushroom patch.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ I've also planted some daffodils and Egyptian onion topsets along the drip line. Most of the ground in my garden is still pretty wet, especially due to 3 days of rain and the area around the apple tree is no different. The daffodil shoots coming out of the ground is yellowed and sickly. Considering, I'm amazed the Enterprise is doing so well, but maybe THAT's indicative of how dry things get during the summer drought and the early spring thaw conditions is not anything to be concerned about.
The trick with the Apple guild is you have to leave sufficient space to walk around the tree for tending and apple picking. And you do generally walk around the drip-line, where interacting guild is usually planted. Also, with a dwarf tree, the low-hanging branches limit what you can grow inside the drip-line....
I think my next move is to plant a few other things not too far outside the drip line so that the roots will meet in the middle -- the hot peppers will be part of that planting, but I want to get some perennials and self-seeding annuals.... Maybe borage and dill. I have yarrow growing just a little away from the immediate apple tree area. I can still use the greens for mulch and I guess I can encourage them to spread towards the apple tree.