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A step-by-step guide to creating a ‘maximum output for minimum labour’ food producing garden, designed using the ecological principles of a natural woodland.

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A step-by-step guide to creating a ‘maximum output for minimum labour’ food producing garden, designed using the ecological principles of a natural woodland. Everything you need to know in order to create a beautiful and productive forest garden, including: basic principles, layout, choosing plants, over one hundred plant details, perennial and self-seeding vegetables, and design examples. A classic!

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Author Patrick Whitefield
Short title How to Make a Forest Garden
Long title How to Make a Forest Garden
Publisher Permanent Publications
Page count 192
Language No
ISBN-10 1856230082
ISBN-13 9781856230087
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Buy it for your nearest and dearest gardener at the first occasion. Review by Christophe Mouze
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The most inspiring gardening book I have read in a long time, and an excellent source of information, even if you are not particularly interested in planting a full scale forest garden. The sections on trees, bushes and perennial vegetables in particular are a mine of practical advice on how to grow these, and would be of interest to anyone contemplating growing anything from rohan or whitebeam to good king henry, through a variety of fruit bushes. (Posted on 05/11/2012)
Excellent reading for those who wish to prepare for the day when the world will not be so comfortable. Review by James McLaren
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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.
(Posted on 05/11/2012)
Excellent Review by Robert Hart, author of Forest Gardening
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Patrick Whitefield’s excellent book gives numerous practical details of the steps that many of us can take to realise this alluring vision. (Posted on 05/11/2012)
A common thread throughout the book is the balance of sensible, practical suggestions with a wealth of background facts and data. Review by Malcolm New
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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. (Posted on 30/06/2010)
This book is inspirational and practical. Review by Alan Smith
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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-maintainance and production of food (fruit, nuts, vegetables) throughout the year. The first chapter considers the environmental philosophy of this type of gardening. Subsequent chapters cover the plant types suitable for the UK, divided into categories of trees, shrubs and ground-layer plants. 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. (Posted on 30/06/2010)

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