"Perennial polycultures are the building blocks to an edible forest garden," Eric Toensmeier explains.
So here he gives his tips to create your own polycultures in your garden.
The basis to a good polyculture is to have edible food plants and perennial support plants which can then benefit the system through either nitrogen fixing, controlling pests, being ground cover or preferring shade.
From Asian pears, gooseberries and jostaberries to black locusts and clover, there are many choices for all kinds of spaces.
Eric Toesnmeier is the author of Perennial Vegetables - From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles (US customers can buy this from Chelsea Green Publishing)
Also check out: Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces for just £11.20 on our Green Shopping site (also available as an eBook)
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