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Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Requires Only a Few Hours of Work Per Month

Forests and farms work together to create food cheaply, with little labour


Farms and forests start working together in mutually beneficial ways to provide food in a manner that needs little labour and little money.


Forest gardens filled with edible plants require little maintenance


Traditionally, we have either had farms or forests, and the two have never worked together. Trees have been removed for agriculture, or animals have been removed for forestation. But new studies are showing how the two can work together. There is a new movement known as Agro Forestry, and it shows how forest and farmland can benefit one another.


In the past, we cut down trees to make way for farmland. Or we did it the other way around, removing animals so forests could be planted. But new technologies and new and creative ways of thinking show how forests can nurture edible gardens and require little maintenance to do this. At the same time, animals can happily tread the land, living sustainably.


Forest gardens, and Martin Crowthers farm in England, is an excellent example of a forest garden that works. He has over 500 edible plants in his forest garden, plants that are fed by the soil and the nutrients of the forest trees. Crowther says his forest requires little maintenance, other than someone picking the edibles and sharing them out.


Crowther has written a book,Creating a Forest Garden, where he describes the process he followed. He believes a forest garden needs seven layers, including (from the bottom up) root crops, ground cover, perennials, shrubs, small trees and then tall trees and vines. Trees planted can be fruit and nut trees, and then loads of tubers, veggies and herbs, including medicinal herbs.


The trees protect the edible plants, provide them with nutrients, water and pollination. They also provide pest control for one another. Plants propagate on their own, and require no tilling, fertilizing or weeding, and do not need any additional water supplies.


The plants are all perennial and therefore need not be dug and the soil does not need to be turned. There is in fact a huge trend to not tilling soil at all. Every time soil is turned, carbon is released into the air. Given we are trying to cut down on our carbon footprint, tilling is an unnecessary process that actually does more harm than good.


The canopy of taller trees provide shade and moisture for the smaller plan and vegetables. Animals that are natural are encouraged to stay, such as deer and rabbits. Everything is encouraged in a natural order, and plants need little care as well as little money.


Food for the future? Perhaps.

Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Requires Only a Few Hours of Work Per Month Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Requires Only a Few Hours of Work Per Month Reviewed by john on May 05, 2021 Rating: 5

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