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Creating a forest garden : working with nature to grow edible crops

Author: Martin Crawford
Publisher: Totnes : Green Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Forest gardening is a novel way of growing edible crops - with nature doing most of the work for you. A forest garden is modelled on young natural woodland, with a wide range of crops grown in different vertical layers. Unlike in a conventional garden, there is little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Species are chosen for their beneficial effects on each other, creating a healthy system that maintains its  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Crawford
ISBN: 9781900322621 1900322625
OCLC Number: 489636893
Awards: Short-listed for Garden Media Guild - Practical Book Finalist 2010 (UK)
Description: 384 pages : chiefly illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Contents: How forest gardens work : Forest gardens ; Forest garden features ; The effects of climate change ; Natives and exotics ; Emulating forest conditions ; Fertility in forest gardens --
Designing your forest garden : Ground preparation and planting ; Growing your own plants ; First design steps ; Designing wind protection ; Canopy species ; Designing the canopy layer ; Shrub species ; Designing the shrub layer ; Herbaceous perennial and ground-cover species ; Designing the perennial/ground-cover layer ; Annuals, biennials and climbers ; Designing with annuals, biennials and climbers --
Extra design elements and maintenance : Clearings ; Paths ; Fungi in forest gardens ; Harvesting and preserving ; Maintenance ; Ongoing tasks --
Glossary --
App. 1. Propagation tables --
App. 2. Trees and shrubs for hedging --
App. 3. Plants to attract beneficial insects and bees --
App. 4. Edible crops by month of use.
Responsibility: Martin Crawford ; [photographs by Martin Crawford and Joanna Brown ; illustrations by Marion Smylie-Wild].

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