Creating a Permaculture Food Forest - Josh Robinson
A food forest is a perennial polyculture
of multi-purposed plants designed to not only produce lots of food, but
provide many other services including pollination, pest control,
fertility, mulch, and much more. This goes way beyond companion
planting. Food forests are designed to be highly productive with the
least amount of labor. This slideshow will explain how to create a
sustainable orchard that is patterned after nature
Picture yourself in a forest where almost everything around you is food.
Mature and maturing fruit and nut trees form an open canopy, and if you look carefully you can see fruits swelling on many branches pears, apples, persimmons, pecans, chestnuts.
The shrubs that fill the gaps in the canopy bear raspberries, blueberries, currants, hazelnuts and other lesser known fruits, flowers and nuts at different times of the year.
A diverse assemblage of native wildflowers, wild edibles, herbs, and perennial vegetables thickly covers the ground.
You use many of these plants for food or medicine, while others attract beneficial insects, birds and butterflies, act as soil builders or simply help keep out weeds.
Here and there vines climb on trees, shrubs or arbors with fruit hanging through the foliage hardy kiwis, grapes, and passionflower fruits.
In sunnier glades large stands of Jerusalem artichokes grow together with groundnut vines.
These plants support one another as they store energy in their roots for later harvest and winter storage, their bright yellow and deep violet flowers enjoying the radiant warmth from the sky.
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The late Robert Hart, one of the early pioneers on forest gardening in the UK, explains the various layers of his garden.
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