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8 forms of capital agroforestry apples beans bees beneficial berries biodigester blackberries blackthorn book review brain budget build building campesino capital Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens circular clay pot climate change climate solutions climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology crafts crisis cultural emergence culture cycles design diary diversity DIY do it yourself earth care Earth's energy economics ecopoetry ecosystem edges education efficiency elements energy ethics fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs firewood flowers food food forest forage foraging forest garden forest gardening fruit fruit trees future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin global poverty grapes greenhouse grow grow your own growing guilds habitat harvest harvests hazel hazelnut health healthy soil hedging herbs holistic planned grazing home homestead Hugelkultur humanure IBC tanks Indigenous inexpensive influence jam land landscape life livelihood livestock logs low cost market garden market gardening marmalade mass heater medicinal microbes mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nitrogen no dig no-dig nutrition nuts observe off-grid orchard orchards organic outdoor shower oven oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre pests pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating pruning psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter renewable renewable energy resources reuse revolution rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans Scotland seasons Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions spiritual spring stacking functions straw straw bale sustainable systems temperate terraces thistles timber timber framing toolkit tools trees upcycle urban vegan vermicomposting walnuts waste watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild food wildlife wings winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms year-round food yield zoning

How to Create a Food Forest in any Sized Garden | Planning, growing & cooking a forest garden

Grow your own seasonal food in a low maintenance, nature friendly garden that feels like a woodland glade. Alan Carter and Maddy Harland share their forest gardening expertise so you can create your own edible paradise in any sized garden.

Alan Carter grows a diverse range of food (leaves, fruits, roots and flowers) on his 200 square metre allotment in Aberdeen.

Maddy Harland has been growing a forest garden with fruit, nuts and unusual trees like Nepalese and Szechuan peppers on chalk for 30 years, with annual veg beds and a wildflower meadow.

Here the two bring together their knowledge and experience so others can create their own edible haven too.

Alan explains how he began designing and planting his plot; for many this means starting with a blank canvas like a lawn.

He shares techniques for feeding the soil and giving your young plants the best start, and how he made adaptations to the forest garden layers for his cooler climate. He shares some of his favourite plants and why you should only grow foods you like. He explores a range of useful plants, including wild garlic, (which is great for shady spaces), celery, angelica, raspberries and sea beet.

Maddy tells us how important it is to encourage pollinators, especially for increasing fruit and vegetable production, and how her honey bee hives have been a real bonus.

Alan offers tips for soil health and how to create a closed loop system, with no inputs coming from outside the garden. He also talks about managing slugs and snails, the many benefits of including a nettle patch, how to cook your harvests and why you should grow a mixture of annuals and perennials.

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Further Resources

Books

A Food Forest in your Garden
by Alan Carter

The Plant Lover's Backyard Forest Garden
by Pippa Chapman

The Forager's Garden
by Anna Locke

Articles

How to Make a Temperate Forest Garden: part 1

How to Make a Temperate Forest Garden: part 2

A Food Forest in you Garden

About the Author

The Permaculture Magazine team have been publishing books and magazines since 1992.

Their YouTube channel www.youtube.com/PermacultureMagazine shares a range of videos from no dig organic gardening and food forests, to regenerative farming and keeping bees.