Fruit trees are an integral part of edible landscaping. They offer shade, fruit, seasonal interest, structure to your garden design, and so much more. One simple way we can support the fruit trees in your edible garden is through planting fruit tree guilds. Fruit tree guilds are one of the countless permaculture design techniques that can be applied to your home garden.
What are fruit tree guilds? They are human-made communities of plants that are located beneath and surrounding fruit trees. These plants have specific qualities that will support your fruit tree: nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, compost makers, and insect / pollinator attractors. Some plants serve more than one purpose in the guild (and may also be food or medicine for you, too).