Creating a Forest Garden: Working With Nature to Grow Edible Crops by Martin Crawford (Hardback, 2010)

Creating a Forest Garden: Working With Nature to Grow Edible Crops by Martin Crawford (Hardback, 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 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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