Forest Gardening

Forest Gardening

Cultivating An Edible Landscape

Book - 1996
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An English classic revised and expanded for North America

Forest Gardening is a way of working alongside nature--an approach that results in great productivity with minimal maintenance, and a method for transforming even a small cottage garden into a diverse and inviting habitat for songbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Based on the model of a natural woodland, a forest garden incorporates a wide variety of useful plants, including fruit and nut trees, perennial herbs, and vegetables.

Hart's book beautifully describes his decades of experience gardening in the Shropshire countryside, yet the principles of "backyard permaculture" he explores can be applied equally well in other locales across the planet, from tropical to temperate zones. Practical features of the book include:

Design guidelines for creating your own perennial food-producing garden Lists of recommended plants and varieties, keyed to different climates An explanation of how plants in different levels or "stories" --from ground covers to full-sized trees--coexist and interact in a healthy and productive landscape.

Robert Hart blends history, philosophy, anthropology, and seasonal gardening wisdom in a lucid sequence of essays, which together comprise a remarkable testament to the pleasures of "hands-off" as well as hands-on gardening. Forest Gardening is truly a book for our times, offering a fresh sensibility that will encourage and inspire ecological gardeners throughout the world.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., 1996
ISBN: 9780930031848
Branch Call Number: 631.58 HAR 1996 20
Characteristics: xvi, 234 p


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Mar 24, 2015

This is a great read, at least for the historical value, as Robert Hart was one of the populizers of this growing system.
He is quite verbose and wanders off track often - don't expect to learn a lot of detailed how-to. However, he does have many real world example stories from all over the place. It's quite an enjoyable read.

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