What is “Guilding”?
Guilding (or companion planting) is a specific polyculture technique used to improve fertility, confuse pests, attract beneficial insects, as well as provide increased yields. Guilds are typically set up around a central fruit tree and consist of several plant species that performs one or more functions that benefit others in the vicinity, as well as interacting with animal species and soil microorganisms to create a resilient ecosystem.
Some KEY FUNCTIONS to be sure to include when designing a Fruit Tree Guild are:
Suppress (reduce competition with grasses & weeds)
Attract (lure in pollinators & predators of pests)