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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: 22.9 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sal on 23 April 2010
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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sagara on 7 July 2010
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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 By Maggie on 6 Jun. 2010
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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 By David Jones on 1 Jun. 2010
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cs Embleton on 15 Jan. 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By busy bee on 10 Feb. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burra Maluca on 10 Feb. 2015
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I gave in to temptation and ordered the new Creating a Forest Garden book by Martin Crawford. I actually really like it, but it's definitely aimed not so much to the permie market but to the UK gardeners market. It's a nice bigish, glossyish book full of colour photos and lovely silky paper, obviously designed with christmas presents in mind, and I'm certain that pretty well *any* keen gardener in Britain would love to own it. And bearing that in mind, I think it's going to be highly effective in promoting the idea of forest gardening within the UK.

The plants listed seem to be chosen mostly for warmer parts of UK and include things that I would never even have considered in Wales but discount things that need really hot summers, so it's not a perfect guide for me now I'm in Portugal even though the winter temperatures here aren't much different to the warmer bits of Britain. The book is very nicely written and presented, nothing too technical and not preachy in any way, just presenting the information you need to design and plant up a nice forest garden and make you feel nice and glowy inside because your new garden style is also 'green'. There were loads of native plants included, to the extent that reading it was a bit like taking a virtual tour back to the UK and I went all nostalgic remembering days spent collecting samples and seed from hedgerows and persuading them to grow in my old garden. I even managed to figure out a few which would also grow here, hopefully, so there's a few seeds on order now.

I find it hard to read anything 'heavy' these days but this book was really easy and I read it cover to cover in one day and then went through all the plants again happily making lists and then hitting ebay for seed supplies.
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