How to Make a Forest Garden

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-06-01
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co
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A forest garden is a food-producing garden, based on the model of a natural woodland or forest. It is made up of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs. It can be tailored to fit any space, from a tiny urban back yard to a large rural garden. A close copy of a natural ecosystem, it is perhaps the most ecologically friendly way of gardening open to us. It is also a low-maintenance way of gardening. Once established there is none of the digging, sowing, planting out and hoeing of the conventional kitchen garden. The main task is picking up the produce! This highly practical, yet inspiring book gives you everything you need to know in order to create a beautiful and productive forest garden, including: * Basic principles * Layout * How to choose plants * Details of over one hundred plants, from apples to mushrooms * the most comprehensive account of perennial and self-seeding vegetables in print * A step-by-step guide to creating your garden * Full details of an example garden, and pictures of many more Forest gardening is an important element of permaculture. This book explains in detail permaculture design for temperate climates and contains much of interest for anybody wanting to introduce sustainable practices into their garden.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
What is a Forest Garden?
Why Grow a Forest Garden?p. 1
A natural way of gardening
Yield of food
How a forest garden works
What kind of food?
The easy life
Other benefits
Home garden or market garden?
The Forest Garden Communityp. 13
The layers
The tree layer
The shrub layer
The vegetable layer
Putting Things Togetherp. 25
The land and the people
Light and shade
Co-operation and competition
Home-Grown Resourcesp. 45
Plant nutrients
Mulch material
Pest and weed control
Preparation, Planting and Maintenancep. 55
Choosing Plantsp. 71
Climate, microclimate and soil
Choosing vegetables
Choosing fruit varieties
The Treesp. 84
The obvious ones
The less obvious ones
The doubtful ones
The Shrubsp. 99
The obvious ones
The less obvious ones
Growing a native shrubbery
The Vegetablesp. 115
Designing a Forest Gardenp. 135
Collecting information
A sample design: Tricia's garden
Weights and Measuresp. 149
Further Readingp. 151
List of Suppliersp. 155
Plant Indexp. 163
Subject Indexp. 166
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