Guild Profile

Plants/Animals in the Guild:

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) Zone 4 hardy

  • Umbelliferous
  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Full sun and part shade
  • Roots and leaves for human food
  • Roots, leaves, and fruits for medicine
  • Attracts animals

Echinacea (Echinacea- angustifolia) Zone 3 hardy

  • Aster
  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Full sun
  • Medicinal
  • Assisting in pest control

Spearmint (Mentha-spicata) Zone 4  hardy

  • Prefers loamy soil
  • Full sun and part shade
  • Medicinal
  • Reduces root competition

Elderberry (Sambucus-canadensis) Zone 4 hardy

  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Prefers full sun and part shade
  • Human food
  • Medicinal
  • Animal food (chickens)
  • Wind barrier (providing physical shelter)
  • Nitrogen Fixer

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus) Zone 2 hardy

  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Prefers full sun and part shade
  • Provides physical shelter
  • Human food
  • Animal food
  • Produces Biomass/mulch
  • Medicinal
  • Reduces root competition

Tomato (Lycopersicon-esculentum) Zone 2 hardy

  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Needs direct sun
  • Human food
  • Assists in pest control
  • Produces biomass/mulch

Basil (Ocimum-basilicum) Zone 1 hardy

  • Prefers loamy and sandy soils
  • Grows in acidic, neutral, or alkaline pH soil
  • Needs direct sun
  • Assists in pest control
  • Human Food

Asparagus (Asparagus-officinalis) Zone 4 hardy

  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Prefers full sun
  • Human Food
  • Medicinal
  • Assists in pest control

Marigolds (Tagetes-lucida)

  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Needs direct sun
  • Human food
  • Medicinal
  • Assists in pest control
  • Reduces root competition

Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis) Zone 4 hardy

  • Grows in all soil types and pH’s
  • Full Sun or part shade
  • Dynamic accumulator/N2 fixer
  • Produces biomass/mulch
  • Human food
  • Medicinal

Chickens

  • Forrages elderberries and pests
  • weeds guild/garden
  • N2 fixer

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Some basic relationships that are accomplished in this guild design start with the flowers; echinacea at the foot of the asparagus and tomato rows assists in pest control and provides the characteristics of the aster family.By having the echinacea in the guild its medicinal qualities are available to the gardener and her family. The guild is designed for plant stacking with the echinacea and marigold on the south side of the asparagus and tomatoes since it is a smaller plant and likes sun. The marigold provides human food (edible flower), medicine, and also assists in pest control as a member of the aster family; the marigold is planted at the southern edge of the guild to reduce root competition in the guild. Tomatoes and basil are planted either side of the asparagus to assist in pest control while providing food for people; asparagus provides food and medicine and helps reduce pests in the tomato plants. Chickens are allowed in the rows to fix nitrogen in the soil and reduce root competition destroying weeds in and around beds; chickens also provide food by laying eggs. Goats rue is also planted by the garden rows to fix nitrogen while providing lots of biomass, and some food and medicine. Spearmint is planted next to the goats rue to reduce root competition and provide lots of great medicinal herbal tea. To the west and northwest the elderberry bushes, jerusalem artichoke, and loveage provide a strong wind barrier so protect the rest of the guild. Elderberries fall to feed the chickens and fix nitrogen into the soil to enrich its growing capacity. Jerusalem artichoke also provides lots of biomass and mulch for the garden while reducing root competition around the edge,  and serves as food for people and pigs/other animals.

Functions of Plants/Animals:

Assisting in pest control

  • Echinacea (Echinacea- angustifolia)
  • Tomato (Lycopersicon-esculentum)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Marigolds (Tagetes-lucida)
  • Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis)
  • Asparagus (Asparagus-officinalis)

Reducing root competition

  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus)
  • Spearmint (Mentha-spicata)
  • Lovage (Levisticum officinale)
  • Marigolds (Tagetes-lucida)
  • Providing physical shelter
  • Elderberry (sambucus-canadensis)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus)

Providing nutrients

>>Medicine:

  • Echinacea (Echinacea- angustifolia)
  • Lovage (Levisticum-officinale)
  • Spearmint (Mentha-spicata)
  • Elderberry (Sambucus-canadensis)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus)
  • Marigolds (Tagetes-lucida)
  • Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis)
  • Asparagus (Asparagus-officinalis)

>>Biomass/mulch:

  • Elderberry (Sambucus-canadensis)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus)
  • Tomato (Lycopersicon-esculentum)
  • Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis)

>>Human food:

  • Lovage (Levisticum-officinalis)
  • Elderberry (Sambucus-canadensis)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus)
  • Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Marigolds (Tagetes-lucida)
  • Chickens
  • Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis)
  • Asparagus (Asparagus-officinalis)

>>Animal food:

  • Lovage (Levisticum officinale)
  • Elderberry (Sambucus-canadensis)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus-tuberosus)
  • Dynamic Accumulator/N2 fixer
  • Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis)

>>Dynamic Accumulator/N2 fixer:

  • Goats Rue (Galega-officinalis)
  • Elderberry (Sambucus-canadensis)
  • Chickens

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