What is a forest garden? A quick summary...
Simplified Layering Illustration
One can think of a forest garden as layering together a perennial herb garden, an orchard, and
a woodlot. In fact, a forest ecosystem has more than three layers, and so can a forest garden.
A forest garden is a planting modeled on a young natural woodland, but tailored to produce things useful to
people. It can be any size, from one tree with companion plants, up to many acres. Forest gardening provides a critical
combination of human and ecosystem benefits in an era when people have strained the planet’s ecosystems to meet
their needs. Besides cleaning water, building soil, and providing wildlife habitat, a forest garden can be designed to
produce a wide range of products to supply the needs of many people's interests, culinary and otherwise.
Human and Ecosystem Benefit
A forest garden is a rewarding way to manage one's land. The array of useful and delicious
things to be had from the forest suits many tastes, priorities and interests...
...from perennial herbs, spices and vegetables, to forest breads, fruits and teas, as
well as fuel and all kinds of materials for construction and crafts.
And all this with vital ecosystem benefit.
A young forest garden designed for a family in Michigan
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