Forest Gardens

Nature produces  diverse and rich crops without any human input, forest gardening is a practice which imitates this by deliberately created ecosystems of trees, shrubs, herbs, climbers, annuals and roots which are of use to us and each other.

In a full sized forest garden there would be a top layer of big trees, ( maybe chestnuts or walnuts), a second storey of smaller trees , (often fruit), then bushes, perennials, ground cover and root crops. Climbers would make a seventh section scrambling up the trees and in the bushes or up walls.

In an urban garden there may not be room for this complexity, but because the system is designed to cope with shade a lot of the crops used in this style of growing will be suitable for gardens shaded by fences and houses.

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