How to Make a Forest Garden

How to Make a Forest Garden

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By (author) Patrick Whitefield, Illustrated by Tricia Cassel- Gerard

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  • Publisher: Permanent Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 272mm x 10mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 22 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: East Meon, Hampshire
  • ISBN 10: 1856230082
  • ISBN 13: 9781856230087
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 109ill.(9col.).
  • Sales rank: 38,624

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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.

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Patrick Whitefield was a British permaculture teacher, designer, and author. He was an influential British exponent of the permaculture movement since 1990, and appeared in several television programmes, including the BBCs Its Not Easy Being Green (2006) and A Farm for the Future (2008). Patrick grew up on a smallholding in Somerset and qualified in agriculture at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire. He experienced farming in Britain, the Middle East and Africa, and was involved in organic gardening, nature conservation, country crafts and green politics.

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Patrick Whitefield's excellent book gives numerous practical details of the steps that many of us can take to realise this alluring vision. Robert Hart, author of Forest Gardening