When I observe where and how Paw Paw trees thrive, I see some of the same natural patterns over and over again. They like rich soil, lots of mulch and being next to moister source. Paw Paw trees are mostly found in nature, on the high banks of creeks and rivers or next to low spots in the woods. Of course the creeks and rivers have water, but low spots hold on the water as well. How can we design the paw paw needs into a planting method. After a lot of thought, a fertility bed or a banana circle.
If you dig a bed that meets your area, shape I don’t think has to be a circle. Dig the bed 2 feet in depth and pile the soil you dug out and ring the bed to make a berm of soft soil. Plant your paw paw trees in the berm. Fill the fertility bed with all manners of organic matter. Lots of wood, brush, hay, leaves, grass clippings, etc. Fill up the bed to the top of the berm with all the organic material. I would say 70% woody material and only 30% green material will give you a great fungal growing medium for the Paw Paw trees.
Paw paw Trees and creative food forest on the cheap, Regenerative Permaculture Farm & Garden Podcast 18
Paw Paw trees are are a great regenerative and permaculture tree for many reasons. It can feed you, makes great beer and ice cream, plus it can be a farm and garden income. We look at starting them from seeds, propagation, grafting and how many paw paw trees per acre you can plant. we talk about the standard orchard layout and a more diverse way to set up the fruit farm or food forest. we cover a lot of ground on the paw paw from places that sell them and what you need to keep in mind.
Then we look at a way to use and buy property to get a jump start on a established food forest or a fruit farm income stream. Not only can you learn to look at trees on a property for yourself, but a way to make income from this strategy. farming skills and grafting tree skills can produce income for the person that looks at his or her business in a different way.
One of the ways we use permaculture design to support our Paw Paw trees on the farm. The banana trees are on the west side of the young paw paw trees. This gives the under story paw paw trees a relief from the smoking hot summer sun. Then once frost comes to Tennessee, we chop and drop the banana trees to mulch and build soil around the paw paw trees.