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How to Make a Forest Garden: 1 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2012
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Patrick Whitefield has succeeded in writing an enjoyable and timely book which will appeal to anyone who yearns to produce food sustainably. Organic gardeners, permaculture designers and growers, ecologists and conservationists will love it. It covers all aspects of designing, planting and maintaining a forest garden; details useful and less obvious plants, from fruit trees to mushrooms; creating home-grown biological resources; controlling pests organically; mulching and no-dig methods. A common thread throughout the book is the balance of sensible, practical suggestions with a wealth of background facts and data. It is both a manual of forest gardening and an important text for permaculture in temperate climates. --Malcolm New, Permaculture Magazine
For those with any amount of land who want it to be productive and efficient, here is a book that: Addresses low energy living holistically (from houses to heating to food production); Recommends approaches to growing food all year without overuse of machinery; Chooses crops and approaches that fit with human-powered activity; and Sets you on the right path on nearly any issue of sustainable living. Excellent reading for those who wish to prepare for the day when the world will not be so comfortable. --James McLaren
This book is inspirational and practical. It shows how to create an ecosystem of food-producing plants, whether you have a large garden or a few yards of spare ground. The plants are arranged to replicate a woodland or forest environment, with the emphasis on low maintenance and production of food (fruit, nuts, vegetables) throughout the year. Each plant type is described in a very readable manner, with details such as basic growing requirements (soil, light, water), eventual size and yield. Although familiar plants such as rhubarb, raspberries, apples, plums are described, less common but equally viable varieties such as medlar and quince, even kiwis, are treated in equal detail. --Alan Smith
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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 the produce.
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Most of the emphasis is on the smaller trees which grow to about 3-4 m height. Larger trees such as chequer and walnut are described only briefly. The chapter on vegetables deals with perennial and self-seeding varieties, rather than the annuals of a typical vegetable plot. Particularly useful is a chart showing at what time of year each type of fruit can be harvested. More sketchy is how long it takes from planting the trees to when they start bearing fruit, however, for most varieties this would seem to be about 5 years. The last chapter deals with planning and gives an example of how a medium-sized garden could be adapted for this type of food production. The last few pages give details of nurseries that can supply the plants, so if you want a change from the shiny citrus fruits at the local supermarket, a garden of mulberry and medlar is only a phone call away.
What is covered very well are the many aspects of choosing the plants you wish to include in the garden. I discovered many plants which I will consider for the garden and have learnt a lot about those I have chosen. They are discussed in sufficient detail to give some degree of confidence in selection, many of which I would not have considered.
The only part of the book, which understandably is difficult to cover, is the planning aspects of the garden. But I understand that every piece of ground is going to be unique so offering a planning solution for all is difficult.
The references for plant suppliers and species is very comprehensive.
A book well worth reading if you are interested in Forest Gardening.
1. Addresses low energy living holistically (from houses to heating to food production)
2. Recommends approaches to growing food all year without overuse of machinery
3. Chooses crops and approaches that fit with human-powered activity
4. Sets you on the right path on nearly any issue of sustainable living
Excellent reading for those who wish to prepare for the day when the world will not be so comfortable.
The basic concept can be described as designing and caring for a garden in layers so that you may facilitate the 3D environment rather than the 2D lake normal gardening or commercial farming. It has great advice about the types of plants so go for, which ones to avoid putting together and some that complement each other. For example putting in an oak tree rather than a sycamore means more life is attracted to the garden. So even though the oak isn't a big food producer for the kitchen it attracts life into the garden making it more productive.
I'm a complete beginner to the concept and have found this book so incredibly useful. It certainly stokes the self-sufficiency dream!! The concept of forest gardening is so interesting, and definately play a role in the future production of food from this planet. It is a practical guide into the future, making it possible to produce more food from an area than you ever thought possible. I have even applied the concept to my kitchen window cill herb boxes!
I cannot reccommend this book higher, it will certainly be distributed around my family as christmas presents.
Buy it for your nearest and dearest gardener at the first occasion :)
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