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Creating a Forest Garden: Working with nature to grow edible crops [Hardcover]

Martin Crawford
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16 April 2010
Forest gardening is a novel way of growing edible crops - with nature doing most of the work for you. A forest garden is modelled on young natural woodland, with a wide range of crops growing in different vertical layers. Unlike in a conventional garden, there is little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Species are carefully chosen for their beneficial effects on each other, creating a healthy system that maintains its own fertility. Creating a Forest Garden tells you everything you need to know - whether you want to plant a small area in your back garden, or have a larger plot. It includes advice on planning, design (using permaculture principles), planting and maintenance and a detailed directory of over 500 trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals root crops and climbers, almot 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 - while creating a beautiful space that has great environmental benefits. In the light of our changing climate it is important that we find new ways of growing food sustainably, without compromising soil health, food quality of biodiversity. Forest gardening offers an exciting solution to the challenge.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; First edition (16 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322621
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 21.8 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martin Crawford has spent 15 years creating what is almost certainly the best forest garden in the temperate world...and the breadth of his knowledge matches the depth of his experience. I've been looking forward to this book ever since I've known he was writing it. --Patrick Whitefield, author, Permaculture in a Nutshell and The Earth Care Manual.

Even if you weren't going to try forest gardening, I challenge you not to want to by the end of this book. This is a seminal piece of work on truly sustainable gardening, written with great spirit and soul. --Aly Fowler, author and presenter, The Edible Garden

Martin is a true pioneer. His work deserves respect and celebration. --Permaculture magazine

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Forest gardening is a novel way of growing edible crops - with nature doing most of the work for you. A forest garden is modelled on young natural woodland, with a wide range of crops grown in different vertical layers. Unlike in a conventional garden, there is little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Species are carefully chosen for their beneficial effects on each other, creating a healthy system that maintains its own fertility.
Creating a Forest Garden tells you everything you need to know, whether you want to plant a small area in your back garden or develop a larger plot. It includes advice on planning, design (using permaculture principles), planting and maintenance, and 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 - while creating a beautiful space that has great environmental benefits. In the light of our changing climate it is important that we find new ways of growing food sustainably, without compromising soil health, food quality or biodiversity. Forest gardening offers an exciting solution to the challenge.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with lots of inspiring ideas 23 April 2010
By Sal
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Martin Crawford's book "Creating a Forest Garden" arrived in the post this morning and it is a delight!

First of all it is a beautiful book just to browse through as it has lots of excellent pictures and drawings, but reading it more closely then reveals a wealth of useful information and inspiration.

The concept of forest gardening is not new to me (and I have a few things happening here along those lines) but this book covers everything and more. There are clear sections covering the ideas behind a working forest garden and also details about numerous plants and how they can be grown in a forest garden setting.

Many of the concepts shown in Martin's DVD are expanded upon in the book. I am now hoping to Cleft Graft some plums onto the blackthorn volunteers I have and this book shows clearly how this should be done to achieve success. (Indeed the timing is just right now - in late April).

Martin has created an easily accessible and inspiring book; well worth it's cover price. I highly recommend it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By sagara
Format:Hardcover
This Book was published just as we began creating a three acre forest garden. I can attest that the process the book takes one through will be invaluable to any one who is similarly engaged. In contrast to Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier's Two volume Edible Forest Gardens: Design and Practice Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate-climate Permaculture (which in their own way is also an excellent pair of books - which has a US bias), Martins approach boils a potentially complex and overwhelming process down to its essentials without at the same time over simplifying. I'm sure that while we will make many of our own mistakes, this book has saved us a huge amount of trial and error, money, and probably a lot of heart ache and as well. Thanks Martin for your generosity in sharing so much in writing this book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forest Gardening 6 Jun 2010
By Maggie
Format:Hardcover
This is a very comprehensive book if you are starting, or maintaining a forest garden. It really has all you would wish to know about forest gardening starting from the theory, through design to the plants in question. I have used it so far for checking out suitable plants, so it is really useful to have on the shelf. Apart from that it has really inspirational photos and ideas. A lovely book to dip into, check things out, and find wonderful recipes such as Autumn Olive jam - OK I havn't actually tried that yet but one day I will when my little Elaeagnus umbellata are big enough to give fruit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is, simply put, incredible. It's a must-have for any gardener who is interested in permaculture, and features a number of incredibly well designed chapters that cover a variety of subjects thoroughly. The accompanying diagrams and photographs help to illustrate the subject matter. Although I have a number of gardening books in my library, this one is my favourite. If you're passionate about gardening or permaculture, buy Creating A Forest Garden - you'll gain a lot out of it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Contrary to the comments from another reader, this book is definitely focussed on the UK climate. It builds on the work of Robert Hart, the original Cool Temperate forest gardening pioneer, learning from both his successes and failures, and is informed by some 15 years of direct observation, experience and trials in the field. The information is detailed, clear and concise, and laid out with great attention to aeshetic values. In other words its a book that is not only hugely informative and knowledable, its beautiful too! Well done to Mr Crawford and Green books for such a lovely addition to anybodies permaculture library!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Very impressed 10 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is by far the most inspiring and well written gardening, or for that matter, permaculture book I have come across. I am absolutely delighted with it. It goes into a good amount of detail and has beautiful pictures.

The only criticism I have is that I would have preferred symbols annotating frost hardiness instead of the american zones which takes a bit of getting used to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is the ideal book to purchase if you want to create a forest garden in the UK, or indeed any temperate climate. The author has written the book after decades of practical experience. I've looked around his forest garden in Devon in the UK and it is jam packed with species that I'd never even heard of, all producing nutrious food. If you follow the advice and instructions in this book you will have a resilient food producing plot that will give you so much more variety than a conventional vegetable garden, and it will be a wildlife haven too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just gardening in a forest! 30 Aug 2012
By Romipen
Format:Hardcover
Truly inspiring. This ought to be taught in schools. If everyone used the principles in this book it would revolutionize farming/gardening and make the world an even more beautiful and prosperous place. I've already started planning my own forest garden!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting.
I can only wish for more books and information from Martin. Forest gardening maybe a practice that goes back thousands of years but I definitely believe that it is the way forward.
Published 2 hours ago by Mike Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 'How to' on Edible Food Forests
I love this book. It gives a step by step plan for designing the various 'layers' of your food forest or 'Forest Garden' as Crawford prefers to call it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful books I own
I highly recommend buying the hardback version of this book instead of the electronic version. This is a beautiful book full of beautiful pictures, and it's a perfect fit for the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ChrisDB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A great guide to becoming more self-sufficient ( or truly self-sufficient on a large enough scale ) by replacing ornamental plants with edible crops.
Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by S Manfreo
5.0 out of 5 stars A fanastic read and resource
As a novice gardener, I was amazed at how accessible this book is, and I have read it from cover to cover. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dogs Thatchasecars
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible
An astonishing book that surely represents a lifes work!
I can't recommend it highly enough. It is rare that a book has so much information as this one does. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Green Man
3.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep dipping into.
A lovely book. I did find it a bit technical and some of it went straight over my head. I do keep picking it up though to have a bit of a read. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. E. H. Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
Comprehensive information on a way of growing food which enhances the ecology and reduced chemical inputs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by thetruthmatters
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and inspiring!
There's really not much more to say...other than that it is written in the UK so it might not be as useful to people in other climates...
Published 23 months ago by Savanna Puckett
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK
Can't recommend this book highly enough, it tells you all you need to know to grow your own food forever.
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Clare
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