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A food forest in your garden : plan it, grow it, cook it / Alan Carter.

Carter, Alan, (author.).


"Grow your own seasonal food in a low maintenance, nature-friendly garden that feels like a woodland glade. Scottish plant expert Alan Carter shows you how to plan and plant a temperate forest garden for any sized plot―from a small terrace garden to an allotment or smallholding. Learn how to successfully layer root crops, fruit, perennial vegetables and edible shrubs below tree crops, cultivating an edible garden that doesn’t look like a traditional vegetable plot. A forest garden is wildlife friendly, provides nutrient-dense and often unusual food through every season, and requires minimal work to maintain. The first part of this in-depth, practical guide explains how a forest garden works, how to map your climate and design your own plot, and how to manage it with mulching, weeding and pruning. What’s not to like about Alan’s motto of “the more you pick, the more you get,” and intriguing concepts such as the Panda Principle? The second half of the book is a detailed directory of more than 170 plants and fungi suitable for a wide range of temperate climates, complete with growing, harvesting and cooking tips based on over a decade of Alan’s own experience. Learn how to incorporate traditional fruit and vegetable crops, such as strawberries and beans, into your forest garden, and how to weave in more unusual crops, such as shiitake mushrooms and ferns. Techniques from agro-ecology bring regenerative farming into the backyard, helping you to work towards greater self-sufficiency. Useful tips on seed saving and propagation help keep plant costs low, and there is practical advice on soil health, compost―essential for all no dig, organic gardeners―and pests and disease. A Food Forest in Your Garden will help you create your own productive forest gardens even in cooler climates."--

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  • ISBN: 1856232999
  • ISBN: 9781856232999
  • Physical Description: viii, 284 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: [United Kingdom] : Permanent Publications, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-276) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Understanding forest gardens -- designing your forest garden -- creating your forest garden -- managing your forest garden -- eating from the forest garden -- Introduction to the crops -- forest garden trees --Shrubs canes large herbaceous perennials and climbers -- crops for forest shade -- forest edge crops -- sun-loving crops -- fungi -- Endnotes -- Books and articles -- Blogs and websites -- Photo credits -- Index.
Subject: Permaculture.
Sustainable horticulture.

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