Creating a Forest Garden
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Creating a Forest Garden : Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops

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Forest Gardening or Agroforestry is a way of growing edible crops with nature doing most of the work. Modelled on young woodland, a wide range of crops is grown in vertical layers. Species are chosen for their beneficial effects on each other, creating a healthy system that maintains its own fertility, with little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Whether a small area in your back garden or a larger plot, here is advice on how to create a beautiful space with great environmental benefits from planning and design (using permaculture principles) to planting and maintenance. With a changing climate, we must grow food sustainably, without compromising soil health, food quality or biodiversity and Forest Gardening offers an exciting solution to the challenge.



Creating a Forest Garden also includes a detailed directory of over 500 trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals, root crops and climbers - almost all of them edible and many very unusual.



As well as more familiar plants you can grow your own chokeberries, goji berries, yams, heartnuts, bamboo shoots and buffalo currants.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 220 x 275 x 33.02mm | 1,769.01g
  • Totnes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st
  • full colour illus
  • 1900322625
  • 9781900322621
  • 9,580

Table of contents

Foreword by Rob Hopkins



Introduction



Part 1: How forest gardens work



1. Forest gardens



2. Forest garden features and products



3. The effects of climate change



4. Natives and exotics



5. Emulating forest conditions



6. Fertility in forest gardens



Part 2: Designing your forest garden



7. Ground preparation and planting



8. Growing your own plants



9. First design steps



10. Designing wind protection



11. Canopy species



12. Designing the canopy layer



13. Shrub species



14. Designing the shrub layer



15. Herbaceous perennial and ground-cover species



16. Designing the perennial/ground-cover layer



17. Annuals, biennials and climbers



18. Designing with annuals, biennials and climbers



Part 3: Extra design elements and maintenance



19. Clearings



20. Paths



21. Fungi in forest gardens



22. Harvesting and preserving



23. Maintenance



24. Ongoing tasks



Glossary



Appendix 1: Propagation tables



Appendix 2: Trees and shrubs for hedging and fencing



Appendix 3: Plants to attract beneficial insects and bees



Appendix 4: Edible crops by month of use



Resources: Useful organisations, suppliers and publications
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"The ultimate book on the subject... extremely thorough and beautifully illustrated" * Let's Talk (East Anglia) * "This book is a magnificiently produced and massive tome that is sure to become every forest gardener's horticultural toolkit and bible." * Grow It * "Marting has produced a book that is not only visually beautiful but very practical, offering advice on planning, designing, planting and general maintenance." * Positive News - Summer 2010 * "If you are seriously considering the creation or maitenance of a forest garden then you would do well to have this book on your shelves. Even if you are only looking for novel ground cover suggestions in shaded areas or approaches to inter-planting trees, then this book offers bountiful food for thought." * Green Prophet * "Creating a Forest Garden is a fascniating read for gardeners interested in how to plant communities that work." * Gardens Illustrated * "Martin Crawford has produced a spectacularly useful guide to new horticultural and ecological terrain of great importance." * Permaculture Activist * "This semina piece of work is not only visually entralling, it's incredibly easy to use and it contains a level of detail and explanation that makes it, I believe, a must read for anyone who is serious about building a truly sustainable forest." * WWOOF Ireland * "Martin's book is visually stunning with beautiful photography and illustrations, accompanying very informative and well constructed text." * Self Sufficient-ish Website - 11 June 2010 * "This book is a must if you are interested in producing food from your garden, becoming more self-sufficient or just curious about plants and their uses." * The Cottage Gardener - June 2011 *
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About Martin Crawford

Martin Crawford has spent over 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture, and is director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a non-profit-making charity that researches into temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops. The Trust produces several publications and a quarterly journal, and sells plants and seeds. See www.agroforestry.co.uk for more information.
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Very well written, so anyone can understand the process of planning and establishing a food forest. Mayn things are explained in detail and there are lots of pictures and data on several different plants you can put in each layer. The book is divided into logical successive chapters which makes it easier to understand individual steps. I was (positively) surprized of the amount of information and experience of the author. I recommend buying it. It's worth much more than you will pay.show more
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