New Forest Garden
We spent the winter sheet composting our shale driveway bank with shredded paper, horse manure, leaves, and other plant materials, and have just finished moving a variety of plants onto it. These include gooseberry, currant, lingonberry, blueberry, rosa rugosa, rhubarb, sorrel, wild Alaska onions, highbush cranberry, strawberry, dandelion,monarda, comfrey, mint, a dwarf apple, and some perennial flowering plants for variety. Banks lend themselves very well to forest gardening, because they already incorporate the vertical element.
One other lesson learned is that for perennials it is not so necessary to have a flat surface- new seeds might wash off a bank, but the perennial roots hold the bank, plus it doesn't matter if the soil temp is cooler (seeds need warm temps to germinate).
Anyone else out there doing a forest garden?