Hi, I was hoping for some advice / perspective.
Last fall, I planted four fruit trees (all between 5 and 9 feet tall) and lay wood chips around them. In early spring, I raked back the wood chips, planted comfrey cuttings, and seeded white clover underneath the fruit trees in the hopes of establishing little permaculture guilds underneath each tree. Fast forward to today. Some of the white clover is coming up, but most of the comfrey cuttings have not. The trees, in the meantime, look a bit stressed, due to the exposed dry ground around them. (The soils here are definitely well-draining.) Also, since the ground around the trees is exposed, some small weeds have started to come up.
So I'm kinda wondering if I should give up on establishing the guilds for now and replace the wood chips around the trees to keep in the moisture. Perhaps establishing these guilds makes more sense for larger, more leafed-out trees, that can already provide some of their own shade? So wait a few years and then try again?
I really appreciate your thoughts in advance.