Thursday, August 28, 2014

Index to Forest Gardening Articles

Here is an annotated index of all my Forest Gardening articles I've written over the past few years. Forest Gardening is a very productive style of gardening, and I would encourage folks to try it. Forest Gardening does not take a lot of land, nor does it take the years and years of effort some folks assume it does to become productive.

Introduction to Forest Gardening - Why Forest Gardening? What is a Forest Garden? The basics of Forest Gardening.

How To Make a Forest Garden, part one - Basic considerations; The Overstory layer; The Understory layer; includes species suggestions, hardiness zones, resources.

How To Make a Forest Garden, part two - The Shrub layer; The Herbaceous layer; Other layers; includes species suggestions.

How To Make a Forest Garden, part three - Forest Gardening organizations; Quick discussion of traditional veggie gardening.

Not Just Layers - Other considerations besides just the layers. Could be considered part four of my How To Make a Forest Garden series.

The Pawpaw Tree - A wonderful, often overlooked, North American fruit tree to include in your Forest Garden.

Plants That Build Healthy Soils - Explains and lists a variety of Dynamic Accumulators and Nitrogen-Fixers that you may want to include in your Forest Garden.

Using Grow Bags in Forest Gardening - An easy and fast method to start tree seedlings.

Gardening in Hedgerows and Verges - Make the best use of narrow strips of land.

Forest Gardening Q & A - Answering some of the questions I've received over the years.

Size Doesn't Matter, At Least In Forest Gardening - You really don't need much land for Forest Gardening.

A Great Resource for Forest Gardening

Edible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates. Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic ecological principles that make it work. In Volume II, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier move on to practical considerations: concrete ways to design, establish, and maintain your own forest garden. Along the way they present case studies and examples, as well as tables, illustrations, and a uniquely valuable "plant matrix" that lists hundreds of the best edible and useful species.

Taken together, the two volumes of Edible Forest Gardens offer an advanced course in ecological gardening-one that will forever change the way you look at plants and your environment. Click here to order Edible Forest Gardens from Amazon.

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